As the quarterfinals of the men's hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi Olympics took center stage Wednesday, rooting interests ran across national lines.
St. Louis Blues defenseman Ian Cole, a native of Ann Arbor, Mich., tweeted a photo of himself wearing a T-shirt with the USA shield crest while Nashville Predators forward Eric Nystrom, born in Syosset, N.Y., also tweeted his support for the U.S. in its game against the Czech Republic.
There also was support for the Canadian women's team, which will play the United States in the gold-medal game Thursday (Noon ET, NBC, CBC), from St. Louis Blues prospect Jake Allen. The goaltender directed a tweet towards women's team standouts Natalie Spooner, Shannon Szabados, Rebecca Johnston and Genevieve Lacasse.
Gooooool!! Lets go czech!!— Tomáš Hertl (@TomHertl) February 19, 2014
Go USA!— Eric Nystrom (@enystrom23) February 19, 2014
Happy Canada won. Got the Sweden-Belarus 2002 vibes all over the place! See u in the final maybe;)— Eddie Lack (@eddielack) February 19, 2014
Weber's goal just lowered my heart rate by 80% #CANvsLAT— Mark Fistric (@Fistric45) February 19, 2014
Some things are more important than practice..... pic.twitter.com/KCp7piB9uw— Lars Eller (@Eller_89) February 19, 2014
Do you believe in miracles! #Latvia— Tom Sestito (@TomSestito23) February 19, 2014