Team USA will play its second game of the world juniors short-handed, with forwards Brock Nelson (upper body) and Jeremy Morin (shoulder) scheduled to miss tonight's game against Slovakia with injuries.
"We’re not focusing too much on them," defenseman Justin Faulk said. "I think we’ll come out and be ready to play tonight."
What had HSBC Arena all atwitter, however, was a comment by Emerson Etem on his Twitter page. Here is the post, which has since been taken down.
Etem stood tall during a barrage of questions about Buffalo and his comments.
"I think it’s a great host city, and I’m definitely happy to be here," Etem said after the morning skate. "I think it was interpreted in many different ways. My point to get across was not to put down a great host city like this. I know a lot of people put in time and effort to make this thing possible. For me, it’s the middle of winter. People aren’t out. It’s really cold outside. Like I said, the point for me was not to put down Buffalo.
"It’s a poorly written Tweet by me. I meant bad conditions. I came from Medicine Hat, from a Midwestern city, it was warm out, then I come here and not a lot of people are out, like I said. It’s expected. It’s the middle of winter. I was here three, four years ago. I won a national championship here, and that was in springtime. That was an energetic city. I know what it’s like to be here when everyone is out and about. That was the point.
"It’s a great, historic town for sports, and I realize that. Like I said, it’s a poorly written Tweet by me, and I’m sorry for the confusion. I just kind of want to move on."
The complete audio of Etem's chat, including apologies to Buffalo and Medicine Hat, is below.