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Chicago Blackhawks Well Represented as Olympic Hockey Begins

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The puck has dropped at the Olympics in Vancouver.

The U.S. men’s ice hockey team today defeated Switzerland by a score of 3-to-1.

Local fans are paying close attention as six Chicago Blackhawks skate for three different Olympic teams. Fans have gathered for the action at hockey bars like Finley Dunnes Tavern in Wrigleyville. Joe Kenny is a lifelong hockey fan and managing partner at Finley Dunnes. He says he doesn’t have any predictions.

KENNY: I have none. I just know that this is going to be one of the most fun Olympic hockey tournaments ever. It could be Sweden, could be Russia, could be the U.S. We haven’t even hit the bit about Crosby versus Ovechkin; you know Canada versus Russia is going to be just bitter. And it’s going to be just so much fun to watch.

Sportswriter Jim Neveau says he’s most looking forward to Sunday’s game pitting the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane and the Americans against three of his teammates on the Canadian squad.

Blackhawks Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook are representing Canada. Meanwhile, Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky will skate for Slovakia.

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