Verbal Highlights From NBCU’s Hockey Coverage on Sunday

USA NETWORK:

WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY: USA vs. CHINA
USA 12 vs. China 1
Bill Patrick (Host), Cammi Granato (Studio Analyst), Mike Emrick (Play-by-Play), AJ Mleczko (Analyst)

TEAM USA’S MEGHAN DUGGAN ON SHAKING HANDS WITH VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN:”That was awesome. We were just coming off and we see him standing there, cheering for us. It just reminds us that we are playing for our country here.”

GRANATO ON TEAM USA’S ENTHUSIASM:
“You’re looking at a team that has 15 players that are playing their first Olympic game, so you can imagine how exciting these girls are to just step on the ice and get going.”

GRANATO ON STAR USA PLAYER HILARY KNIGHT:
“The player you need to watch is the youngest member of the team, Hilary Knight. She is a big goal scorer. She loves to be involved in the offense, has a great release and one of the best shots I’ve ever seen in women’s hockey.”

MLECZKO ON TEAM CHINA AS THE UNDERDOG:
“You have to give them a lot of credit for being here, for battling, and for competing against some of the best players in the world.”

MLECZKO ON TEAM USA’S PERFORMANCE VS. CHINA:
“Team USA is incredibly fit and skating circles around them.”

TEAM USA’S ANGELA RUGGIERO ON THE ATMOSPHERE IN VANCOUVER:”Just pure excitement. We have a lot of players in their first Olympics, this is my fourth, but we are all super excited to be here and to represent our country.”

CNBC, Women’s Ice Hockey:
Finland 5 vs. Russia 1
Bill Patrick (Host), Cammi Granato (Studio Analyst), Kenny Albert (Play-by-Play), AJ Mleczko (Analyst)

Mleczko: “In this first round when Team Canada and Team USA are such favorites, trying to figure out who is going to make that cut at second is going to be a big factor.”

Granato: “Finland is quietly one of the powerhouses in this tournament.”

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