For most Americans, hockey is a strange, intricate world with its own traditions and customs. It is also one of the best parts of the Winter Olympics, with some the fiercest and best competition you'll ever see.
We'll have regular updates and GIF guides after the major games, catered to the casual hockey observer. But maybe you want to really throw yourself into the Olympic tournament, really give it a whirl, and our dispatches won't be enough. These are the websites and people on Twitter you should check in with daily:
Who: Puck Daddy
Why: Yahoo! Sports' hockey blog may be one of the best sources for hockey coverage on the Internet. Greg Wyshynski, the godfather of hockey blogging, is in Sochi and finding angles to the games you probably won't get from traditional reporters. Today Wyshynski interviewed American forward Paul Stastny, who finally beat his NHL Hall-of-Famer father's home country (Slovakia) in international competition. His deputies, Sean Leahy and Harrison Mooney, provide some of the best analysis available.
Why: Lebrun and Friedman may not be household names in the states, but they're two of the most recognizable faces in Canadian hockey coverage. Both reporters are in Sochi and will keep you up to date on every line-up change, injury, and tournament development. They also get the most interesting quotes from coach and player scrums, before and after the games. Essential follows, both of them.