Oral history of 2010 gold-medal game

Ken Hitchcock, assistant coach, Team Canada: "I've never been in a competition where I felt more prepared. I felt like the team was more prepared, more relaxed and more ready to play than any team in that game. I really felt comfortable where the team was at; I really felt comfortable where the prep was at. ... I felt like there was no question in my mind we were going to win the hockey game. I wasn't nervous; I wasn't, 'Oh, my God, what's going to happen?' I would be in a different frame of mind now, if the result had changed. I just felt like, from the time I got up to the time I went to the rink, to the time we prepared, to the time we were ready to play, we were going to win the hockey game because No. 1, we were playing so well. No. 2, we were pretty healthy. No. 3, I felt like we played great against the Americans in the first game and lost. So, I didn't have any doubt we were going to win. ... Most of the speeches we made were, 'Hey, we're doing this really well, let's just keep going. This is what's really going well -- keep going.' There were very few adjustments we made, we thought, 'Man, we're really on top of our game here.'"

Rick Nash: "We played our system the whole way through and we lost in the round-robin to the U.S., so we had a lot of time to work out our kinks and we knew what they were going to do, so it was just follow the system, play hard and play for your country."

Jamie Langenbrunner: "I'd be lying if I didn't say the legs didn't feel a bit different. I remember the first game of the tournament, your eyes start wandering. This is really happening; we're really here. Gold-medal game, it was some of the same. You had a little bit of that in the warmup, but it goes away as soon as you're warming up. Maybe the first couple of shots, your hands don't feel the same.

"If I remember correctly, I remember the talk about how proud we should be about being at this point and that we'd earned everything we'd gotten and those types of things.

"We knew where we were. We knew there'd be 100 people cheering for us and the rest cheering for them. We knew what kind of atmosphere it was going to be."

Ken Hitchcock: "Mike did most of the talking. The points were really simple. We really built on the way we played in the second half. We thought we played great in Game 1, the second half. We felt really, really good. We just felt like, 'Man, we're playing really well. Let's just keep going.' Our team was really close, really tight together. There was great chemistry, great cohesion. Just, it felt like a bunch of guys you didn't ever want to let go of the rope. That was the way it felt. You didn't ever want to go home. You didn't want it to break up. You just felt like you were going to win forever."

Roberto Luongo: "It was really intense. Obviously, when countries compete against each other, there's a bit more emotion involved than a regular game."

Ryan Whitney: "Jamie Langenbrunner was real good. Guys just looked up to him and Chris Drury. They were guys who had been there and have done everything you can do in hockey. They would say what we have to do. I was there cracking jokes and laughing a little bit, keeping it a little loose. I remember [coach] Ron Wilson was great at not putting pressure on the guys, reminding them this was an amazing opportunity and a day none of us would ever forget. There wasn't much hockey talk before. There was really no more X's and O's you could go over.

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