2018 Winter Olympics: USA, Russia hockey coaches don't shake hands after Russia rout
Tony Granato and Oleg Znarok went their separate ways after the game
Hockey is a strange sport in that two teams go out and beat each other up for 60 minutes before making nice and shaking hands afterwards. At least, that's how it normally goes. Tony Granato and Oleg Znarok, the head coaches of Team USA and the Olympic Athletes from Russia, respectively, decided to spurn tradition by not shaking hands after a 4-0 OAR win.
It makes sense, mind you, that these two teams wouldn't be too keen on each other. Never mind the current political climate between USA and Russia, or thejust to play in these games (only to not even be playing for medals), Znarok kept his heavy hitters and goal scorers on the ice in an utter beat down -- something that Granato may have taken issue with.
The Russians basically closed the game out on a power play, and with Russia up 4-0, Znarok had his full strength penalty unit on the ice. Of course, the merits of playing your best unit throughout the game regardless of score may be up for debate, but apparently Granato took issue with the OAR showing up the USA on the biggest stage in the world.
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