By Kyle Shohara
All seven of the Ducks’ Olympians have returned to Anaheim after competing in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Silver medalist Jakob Silfverberg and United States defenseman Cam Fowler practiced with the team for the first time since arriving in Southern California, while gold medalists Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and bronze medalist Teemu Selanne are expected to skate tomorrow.
Earlier today, Selanne, Perry, Getzlaf and Silfverberg shared their thoughts on their time in Sochi and the stretch run here in Anaheim. Get Teemu’s thought’s here
, and read Getzlaf, Perry and Silfverberg below:
On winning the gold medal in consecutive Winter Olympics
The whole thing was very exciting and fulfilling, going there and knowing we had a big target on our back from the past Olympics. It was nice to go out there and just play, and play together as a group. We did that throughout the whole tournament.
On preventing a lull immediately following the Olympics
We’re more conscious of it now than we were [before], and as an organization, we have to look at that and get our rest when we can. And with 22 games left, the excitement is going to build real quickly. We’re not going to have that lull that perhaps we had in the past where we were battling for that spot. Right now we have a lot of excitement around our team and where we’re heading right now.
On bringing the euphoria from winning gold here to the Ducks
That’s part of our goal. We saw what it took to win at an elite level. Not that we haven’t in the past, but it’s a reminder of the things you have to do on a daily basis.
On if the Ducks’ position in the standings changes the mindset following the Olympics
When you’re in the position we’re in, the excitement level is high. We’re not trying to battle for that last playoff spot. This year, we know where we’re headed, and we want to get there on the right note and be excited heading into the playoffs with a chance to do something special.
On his time in Sochi
It was a great time. Everybody felt pretty safe and secure. You couldn’t go anywhere without going through security, so everything was good.
On adapting to different roles
We played a high-tempo game, so you’re getting on the ice for the same amount of shifts, but your time on ice is going way down. It’s one of those things where you just check your ego at the door and do whatever it takes to win. It doesn’t matter what they ask you to do. You just go do it.
On winning the gold medal
It’s a pretty special feeling. Any time you get to play for your country and win the gold medal, it’s a huge honor and privilege. You remember everybody on that team and who put the team together.
On if he’d accept an invitation to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea
I would. It’s great for our game, and I think the players love it. Everybody wants to represent their country at some point in time. The guys would do it in a heartbeat.
On the mindset of the Ducks right now
Push for the playoffs. We have a quarter of the season left to push through and keep on the winning side. Everybody in here knows what we want to do. We just have to keep going.
On how he felt he played during the Olympics
I felt I played okay. I didn’t play a lot of minutes, but I took the ones I got and played my hardest. As a team, we played really well. We had some tough injuries, but we did a great job.
On winning the silver medal
When you’re in the final, you always want to win it. So even today, it’s still pretty tough. But looking back at it in a couple weeks or so, I’m sure I’ll be very proud about having an Olympic silver medal. But right now, you still have the taste of gold and you’d rather have that instead.
On the Swedish team overcoming adversity
It’s tough, but we knew what we had to work with. You can’t really say it would’ve turned out differently if we didn’t have the injuries.
On the mindset heading into final 22 games of the regular season
We just need to keep working hard. We were outworking the opposing teams every night, and that’s what we need to do to be successful. If you work hard, all the other stuff falls into place. We’re going to try to win every battle and take it one game at a time.