U.S. Women’s Hockey Team Just Wants to Have Fun

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Sports Illustrated

By Alex Prewitt Pressure is certain to greet the defending gold medalists in Beijing, but Team USA’s plan involves a few pokechecks to the funny bone. BLAINE, Minn. — One day in early December, two months before the 2022 Winter Olympics, the U.S. women’s national hockey team hits the ice for practice with a purpose: have fun. A playlist of “Walking in a Winter Wonderland,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and other holiday classics blares over the rink speakers. A camera crew from NBC is on hand to capture the scene, as are several GoPros mounted atop Team USA’s helmets. During a 3-on-0 drill, players faili…

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