Heading to the Olympics to see U.S. Hockey is a trip of a lifetime(WDAZ TV) - A Crookston man is getting the chance of a lifetime to travel to Vancouver to watch the U-S Hockey team take on Norway. Rick Brekken's son, Troy, bought the tickets a year ago and invited his dad out West for the game.
By: Chris Regimbal, WDAZ
With his son Troy living just three hours away in Seattle, Rick Brekken decided there was no better time than now to take in some Olympic hockey.
Rick Brekken: "He called me last fall and said, dad I've got tickets to the Olympics, do you want to come and watch the USA play Norway? And I said I'll never turn it down."
Troy Brekken: "Started thinking about this a long time ago, and I had the opportunity to get some tickets from one of my Canadian buddies and it was really a treat for us to come and watch some hockey, Norway play the US."
Rick Brekken: "Absolutely, I'd do it again in a heartbeat. The atmosphere, I'm and old hockey player and old hockey coach, and it just makes your blood run. The atmosphere was fantastic, it was the thrill of a lifetime for me to be able to come and see the US play and to just come to the Olympics, just fantastic."
Rick and his son Troy took in a 6-1 United States victory over Norway.
Former UND stand-out Zach Parise's USA hockey team takes a 2-0 record into Sunday's showdown with host country Canada. The men's team has defeated Switzerland and Norway and is now looking to the next game that promises to be very intense.
Chris Regimbal caught up with Zach at the Olympic village where Parise talked about the special circumstances surrounding the Olympics.
"That made us start to realize how big this is and that you are actually in the Olympics, it's kinda surreal that we are here in the Olympic Village and playing in the Olympics right now."
Parise is also featured in this in this week's edition of Sports Illustrated. His dad, J-P, played internationally for Team Canada.