Fans of former Hamilton Bulldog P.K. Subban won't get a chance to see him play Friday but there will be two former locals on the ice.
Carey Price will start in goal for Canada while Max Pacioretty is on the wing for Team USA.
That Montreal Canadiens star defenceman Subban will again be benched despite being the reigning Norris Trophy winner awarded to the NHL's best defenceman.
It's been a good news week for Hamilton hockey fans. While it took overtime, good bounces, a Golden Goal post and some insanely hard work — Hamilton's Laura Fortino and the rest of the Canadian women's hockey team are Olympic champions.
Fortino set up the winning goal with a great pass in overtime with the American women's team killing a penalty. "When they tied it up, we were in shock," said Fortino's brother, Ray, who was watching the game in Hamilton with his brothers, grandmothers, uncles and cousins. "It was such a surreal moment for our family."
A little bit of despair did creep in when the U.S. went up 2-0, Ray admits, but that didn't last. "I was a little bit deflated, but once they got that first goal, we felt it."
Diane Boles, Fortino's former coach with the Stoney Creek Sabers, said she never doubted the Canadian team would take the gold. "No Canadian ever thinks we're done," she said. "It was a nail biter, but the cream rises to the top."
Boles coached Fortino (affectionately dubbed Tino by her teammates) for three seasons. She says even as a young athlete, Fortino was a selfless, self-directed young woman who worked extremely hard.
"When she started training, she couldn't do even one chin up. That all changed," she said. "She liked to train, and she liked getting better."
Pride just bubbled with the overtime win, Boles says. "I was jumping up and down like an idiot, just like everyone else," she said.
Watch live at olympics.cbc.ca starting at noon.