PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Although U.S. men’s Olympic hockey coach Tony Granato was inspired to learn about and play international hockey after watching the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. team prevail at the Lake Placid Games, he said his motivational tactics haven’t included showing his own players the popular movie that was made about that gold-medal team.

Speaking at a news conference Monday, Granato said he saw no need to screen the film “Miracle” before his team plays its Olympic opener Wednesday against Slovenia.

“To win, we don’t need a miracle,” said Granato, who was 15 when Herb Brooks’ team upset the Soviet Union and went on to win the gold medal. “We need to be at our best for two weeks.”

The U.S. men didn’t play any “friendly” or exhibition games before settling in at the Athletes’ Village, and they’ve had four practices here.

Granato wouldn’t say which of his three goalies will start against Slovenia, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Ryan Zapolski of Erie, Pennsylvania, who has been playing for Jokerit of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League, get that honor. The other two goalies are David Leggio, who has been playing in Germany, and Brandon Maxwell, who most recently played in the Czech Republic.

“He’s the guy that’s ready for that opportunity if that’s what it is,” Granato said of Zapolski.

Granato, who played for the 1988 U.S. Olympic team at the Calgary Games, also said he’s liked what he’s seen of his team.

“It’s been fun. The practices have been good. Obviously they’ve got great energy. They’re going to be Olympians in two days,” he said. “Practices have been at an unreal pace. It’s exciting for everybody. It’s exciting for the coaches to get back on the ice and be with this group, and we finally get to drop the puck and put another team on the ice in a couple of days.”

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