We are family
The U.S. team has five players with family ties to the NHL. The two most direct links involve forward Ryan Bourque and defenseman John Ramage. Bourque's father, Ray, was a Hall of Famer who played for Boston and Colorado. Rob Ramage, John's dad, played for eight NHL teams, spending the most time in St. Louis.
U.S. coach Keith Allain smiled when asked if their upbringing had an effect on their skill level.
"As a parent, we'd like to think that we have some influence on our children," Allain said. "Obviously, they've come a long way based on their pedigree."
The other Americans with NHL ties are forwards Charlie Coyle (cousins with Tony Amonte), Nick Bjugstad (uncle Scott) and injured Brock Nelson, whose uncle (Dave Christian, 1980), grandfather (Billy Christian, 1960) and great-uncle (Dave Christian, 1960) all won gold medals for U.S. Olympic teams.
Etem hears it from crowd
The U.S. team was already the host in name only with more than 60 percent of the tournament tickets being purchased by Canadians, who cheered for Finland in Team USA's opener Sunday. On Tuesday, one U.S. team member was booed by Canadians and Americans alike. Forward Emerson Etem had tweeted that Buffalo was the "worst city ever," and the fans in HSBC Arena booed him every time he touched the puck.
The loudest jeers came when Etem scored during the rout against Slovakia. Fans booed when he got the puck, cheered when it hit the net, then resumed their booing. When the goal was announced over the speakers, the fans went full-throated.
"I thought he played all right," Allain said. "He scored a goal. He dealt with it. As athletes you deal with things if you want to be successful."
Rare air for top players
Following Tuesday night's U.S.-Slovakia game, Gen. Carrol H. "Howie" Chandler presented the player of the game awards.
Chandler is the vice chief of staff for the U.S. Air Force. As the vice chief, Chandler presides over the Air Staff and serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Requirements Oversight Council and Deputy Advisory Working Group.
Swiss star pressing
He's tied for his team lead with two points in two games, but for Switzerland's Nino Niederreiter, that's not nearly good enough.
Niederreiter, the fifth overall pick of the New York Islanders in June, was held scoreless, as was the rest of his team, in a 4-0 loss to Finland.
"He's gripping the stick pretty tight," according to Swiss coach Richard Jost.
Niederreiter had a goal and an assist in Switzerland's opening 4-3 win over Germany.
Like father, like son
For 21 seasons, Andrei Tarasenko was one of the top forwards in the Russian Hockey League, leading the league in scoring with 60 points in 46 games in 1996-97. More than a decade later, his son is quickly making a name for himself -- and then some.
While dad excelled in the homeland, son Vladimir Tarasenko could become a hot commodity right here in the states. A center on Russia's juniors team, Vladimir was drafted by the St. Louis Blues 16th overall in the 2010 entry draft. Prior to the draft, hockey experts lauded him as one of the world's best prospects.
The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder has eight goals and 16 points through 35 games in the KHL this season with the Novosibirsk Siber. In Russia's opening loss to Canada, Tarasenko recorded one assist.
Compiled by News Sports Staff.