Armchair quarterbacks and Twitter general managers have been less than kind to Duluth native Robb Stauber, head coach of the United States Olympic women’s hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
First, Stauber and his staff were chastised for adding players in October and November to the initial 23-player national team that was announced in April. Then came the real fire and fury when Patty Kazmaier Award winner Alex Carpenter was left off the final Olympic roster.
Stauber was called dumb. His competence was questioned. He was accused of sabotage. Someone asked if it was too early to fire him as coach. Team USA had yet to leave for Pyeongchang, and some of the most ardent supporters of U.S. women’s hockey already were writing the team off.
Stauber’s response: Say what?
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