Patrick Kane said it didn't take long to get over missing the gold medal at the 2010 Olympics. Instead, it was more about what that year did for hockey as a whole.
"You realize what that game and what the Olympics in Vancouver did for hockey as far as growing the game, getting people more interested in watching the sport," Kane told TSN at the opening of Olympic camp on Monday. "It's tough when you're one game from winning a gold. You beat [Canada] once in the regular round and then you lose to them once, you almost wish you had another game to play."
Four years later, they'll get that opportunity for a rematch. As Team USA and Nashville Predators general manager David Poile told the media earlier that morning, his team isn't going in as an underdog. They're going in to win it all.
"They did a good job of playing us up as underdogs [in 2010], that's the way everyone kind of viewed us," Kane continued. "We were ranked maybe fifth or sixth going into the tournament and I think the only people who thought we had a chance was probably the guys in our locker room and our coaches.
"This time it's a little bit different, especially after what happened in 2010, which is good. You want those expectations, you want people to expect you to win. We hope we can live up to them."
With names like Jonathan Quick, Ryan Suter and Zach Parise on the invite list, it's not hard to envision a lot of success for Team USA. The expectations are higher, and Kane's confidence remains just as high.
"People have said they feel maybe this is the most talented team put together in U.S. history," he said. "When you hear that stuff, it's something you want to make true and make believable and live up to those expectations."