SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Inside the Sioux City Musketeers locker room, there is a wall filled with banners. These are not championship banners, but banners honoring players who have reached the NHL. Now, some of these players will have the chance to play for their country at the next Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.
“It’s cool to know that when you turn on the TV here during the Olympics, you can point your finger and say I watched it play at the Tyson Events Center,” said Travis Morgan, CEO of Sioux City Musketeers. “You know where I remember skating with him on Sunday.”
Seven former musketeers will try their luck on an Olympic roster this winter. Max Pacioretty, Jake Guentzel and Neal Pionk for the United States. Kristian and Martin Pospisil for Slovakia. Eeli Tolvanen will be on trial for Finland and last season Musketeers goalkeeper Akira Schmid will try to be part of the Swiss national team. But head coach Luke Strand doesn’t take all the credit for the development of these players.
“Well, I think the first part here is that you need a village. You need the village, you need the community, you need the organization, ”said Musketeers head coach Luke Strand. “We have a fantastic property that wants the player experience at the highest level. And, as coaches or teammates, it’s really exciting.
In the eyes of the Muskies, it’s not only great for the organization or the players with this opportunity, but, for Musketeers fans and supporters, to be able to see the athletes they’ve seen develop right in front of them at the Tyson. Events Center.
“And the fans and the people around Sioux City who have watched Musketeers hockey over the years, they get to see how this development works and see these guys play in the NHL. And now he’s playing in the Olympics to represent his country and maybe get on the podium with a gold medal, ”Morgan said. “I mean how cool it is for Sioux City because we’re part of it, you know the Musketeers are part of it.”
Countries will need to have their final lists drawn up in early January, but a date has yet to be set. The opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics takes place on February 4 in Beijing.
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