I feel like I had to take a bit of a back seat to everybody since they’d been there for a while,” explained Pacioretty, who will be sharing a locker room with 13 players with whom he competed with in Sochi two-and-a-half years ago.
In the end, it’s still hockey on an ice size I feel comfortable playing on.” Above all else, though, Pacioretty’s previous international outings have taught him that a key part of both individual and team success in events like these really comes down to mindset.
It’ll be important for us to bond well off the ice so that it’ll carry onto the ice, too.” Team USA finds itself competing in Group A along with Team Canada, Team Europe and Team Czech Republic, while Group B features Team North America, Team Finland, Team Russia and Team Sweden.
I’ll be looking to do that here,” said Pacioretty, who twice lost out in bronze medal games over the years, falling short at both the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championship and again in Sochi.
It’ll be fun to play in front of them,” concluded Pacioretty, whose wife, Katia, sons Lorenzo and Maximus, and parents Ana and Raymond, will all be on site at the ACC .