Submitted by Admin on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 10:30

The so called " Miracle on Ice" is a phrase in American popular culture for a medal-round men ice hockey game during the Olympics at Lake Placid. U.S. hockey players celebrated after defeating the Soviet Union, now Russia in the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Our US hockey team may have an uphill battle this time around, following an unfortunate accident. Their general manager David Poile was struck in the face by a stray puck just three days before the squad flew to the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The 63-year-old was hit above the eye while watching the Nashville Predators morning practice on Thursday. He suffered a black eye and cuts to his face. Poile is also GM for the NHL's Predators. It is not clear how the mishap will affect the US Hockey Team the Winter Games.

Considering the strained relations between Russia and USA, as well as Putin's anti gay stance, it may be a welcome opportunity for another miracle on ice. And it is just what the American team needs. Let's not forget that US also has a winning hockey team women.

The American's first game is next Friday against Slovakia. US and Canadians are favorites to reach the gold medal game.