OK, I have to throw out my "duh" moment of the day: I wrote today about the 2010 Olympics, but missed the glaring point that, in these Olympics, hockey will be played on NHL-sized ice at GM Place. My apologies for my dumb error.
I believe this marks the first Olympics in which the European-sized ice surface will not be used. The construction would've been too great to make the necessary changes, so here we have it.
Now that brings me to my question, one that John from Arlington brought up to me in an e-mail: Do U.S. and Canadian teams gain an advantage with this change?