USA Hockey’s Brianna Decker has been ruled out for the remainder of the Olympics. The Brianna Decker injury was suffered early on during their matchup against Finland. She had to be stretched out of the game.
— Alex Maragos (@AlexMaragosNBC) February 3, 2022
Brianna Decker Injury Rules Her Out Of The Olympics
Brianna Decker appeared to suffer an injury after colliding with Finland’s Ronja Savolainen during the first period of the USA-Finland game. The collision was so ugly she could be heard, audibly in pain after falling to the ice. This injury comes after Canada’s Melodie Daoust was injured in their 12-1 win over Switzerland.
This was Decker’s third Olympics, as she competed in the 2014 Sochi and 2018 PyeongChang Olympic games. Decker is a two-time medalist, winning silver and gold respectively. This is the first time she will miss the Olympics because of an injury. As of late, there has been no punishment handed out to Ronja Savolainen. However, a suspension could come in the following days.
HowDecker’s Injury Impacts Team USA
This injury hinders the U.S. a ton, as it puts out one of their top scorers. The Decker injury will test the depth of the American roster. Team USA did not bring any form of taxi squad or reserve list to the games, so the American squad will be down a key player with no way of replacing her role on the team with another player.
It is unclear whether this injury will further impact the 31-year-old, considering that it’ll likely take some time to heal because of the severity. However, no timetable nor further updates were given on the Decker injury. The Brianna Decker injury can hinder the United States’ chances at gold. But it could also be the rallying cry they need to push harder towards a gold medal finish. Even though they are in a difficult group and facing hard opponents, Team USA has the talent to win even without Decker.
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