One week after the US women's hockey team won their first gold medal in 20 years at the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics, head coach Robb Stauber returned back to Duluth feeling accomplished.
"There was a lot of pressure clearly when we haven't won in a long, long time. Everybody's waiting for it and expecting it, and I know the players were carrying that weight. It's great to have accomplished it," said Stauber.
"At the end of the day we expected to do it. We knew that the drought was going to end eventually, and my feeling was it might as well be now. We were able to get it done."
Stauber made his first appearance at the University of Minnesota Duluth men's hockey game in the first intermission.
The Duluth native presented the Fan Favorite Award to Bulldogs captain Karson Kuhlman.
It was a long season for Team USA who began training in August. So with a gold medal hanging around their necks, rest is in order.
"Looking to get some rest as the players are too. I know they're exhausted," said Stauber. "Some down time will be good for everyone."
At the end of the day the Americans, led by Stauber, made history, and all the hours and hard work were worth it.
"I'm feeling extremely happy for our players. They worked so hard for the end goal which was clearly a gold medal. We went in there was a job to do and the players got it done," said Stauber.