Chris Peters is a former Brian Fishman Intern and worked at the USA Hockey National Office as well as the U.S. National Team Development Program. He currently runs the blog UnitedStatesofHockey.com. All commentary and analysis are his.
With opening ceremonies just 17 days away, excitement for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games is building. With that in mind, what better way to keep the excitement rolling than to look back at some great moments in American international hockey history?
I looked back at past Olympics and other international events throughout USA Hockey’s history and picked 17 goals that were among the most memorable.
It’s likely that Oct. 30, 2015, isn’t a date that National Hockey League official Brian Mach will ever forget. When the puck dropped between the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks at the Xcel Enegery Center in St. Paul, Minn., it signaled more than just the start of the game – it also signaled NHL game No. 1,000 for the 16-year veteran official, a feat never before achieved by a Minnesotan.