TORONTO -- As bad as it felt, Team USA defenseman Ryan McDonagh wanted his teammates to remember the feeling. This was rock bottom: Three games, three losses and a ticket home from a tournament set up for them to succeed.
It was the worst possible situation for Team USA, and McDonagh didn’t want it to be taken lightly.
“If anyone is back from this group representing your country, remember this feeling,” McDonagh said after Team USA’s final loss. “Remember that there’s people out there watching that have a lot of pride in this team and we need to play hard for them.”
It’s a fair bet McDonagh will get another crack at it. It’s also safe to say many of the Team USA players that were part of this disappointing finish won’t play for the country again during a best-on-best tournament.
So who falls into each category?