The U.S. women's hockey team is one of the best in the world and they were kind enough to let 7’s Nancy Chen lace up her skates with them.
She was made an honorary member of the team for a day and received a hockey lesson from Team USA.
First they started with the basics: Hitting the puck. Despite the rough nature of hockey, it's the gentle touch that counts.
Nancy was instructed to keep her hands soft, like she was playing with an egg.
Next, Nancy learned to shoot a goal by slapping the puck and moving her hips towards the net. She made a goal on the fourth try.
When it comes down to it, only one person stands between a victory and a loss, the goalie.
Goalie and Natick native Molly Schaus said the most important thing is to be balanced and in control at all times.
After learning the basics, Nancy asked the tough question: “So how do you brawl?”
Molly Schaus responded by showing her: “Stick. Gloves. Shirt.”
You throw down your stick and gloves, and grab your opponent’s shirt. Nancy herself experienced it firsthand. She said these players don't mess around.
Team USA brawled in their last two match-ups with the Canadian team, their biggest rivals.
“My interviews typically don't end with fistfights but somehow, this made me feel like I was definitely on the team,” Nancy said.
Team USA takes on Team Canada at 12:00 p.m. EST Thursday on 7NBC for the gold medal.
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