Hockey smart, but media-savvy? Hardly.
How else to characterize USA Hockey officials, and Team USA general manager David Poile in particular, in the wake of a Friday morning press conference that exposed just how little thought was given to a plan that allowed media access to the group’s Olympic roster selection meetings?
That access blew up in their faces when Brian Burke’s blunt assessments of Senators forward Bobby Ryan became a bigger story than the makeup of the team itself.
“The problem, and the communication breakdown that we had, was we thought this was similar to the HBO 24/7 situation where we [would have] editorial review on what was going to be [printed],” Poile explained. “It caught all of us off guard.
“That’s on us. It’s a little bit of a breakdown.”
A little bit of a breakdown. As far as explanations go, that’s pretty Costanza-esque.