Team Canada’s Cap­tain Video

Marco Mar­ciano rel­ishes new role as video man­ager for Team Canada

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO tj­colello@cb­post.com

SYD­NEY — As Canada’s na­tional women’s hockey team pushes for a gold medal tonight at the Olympic Games, Marco Mar­ciano will be watch­ing. And rewind­ing. And watch­ing again.

Mar­ciano, who spent two sea­sons with the Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles as the team’s as­sis­tant goal­tend­ing coach, is the video man­ager and part-time goalie coach for the na­tional women’s team. The 28-year-old from Laval, Que., is in charge of set­ting up clips for the coach­ing staff dur­ing games, analysing op­po­nents and break­ing down the club’s play for the coach­ing staff.

“I don’t sleep a lot,” joked Mar­ciano, when reached by the

Cape Bre­ton Post in Van­cou­ver. “I’m busy. I can watch maybe two or three games a day to make sure we get ready for our next game or a pre-scout video or stuff like that.”

Mar­ciano was just 21 when he was hired by the Ea­gles and spent the 2003-04 and 2004-05 sea­sons with the team. The next sea­son, he worked with T e am Que­bec’s un­der-17 team that won gold at the 2006 World Un­der17 Hockey Chal­lenge. He re­turned to the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League for the 2006-07 sea­son, join­ing the staff of the Drum­mondville Voltigeurs. He also helped coach Que­bec’s un­der-17 men and un­der-18 women at the 2007 Canada Win­ter Games in White­horse, Yukon.

He’s been with the na­tional women’s team since last sea­son. When he was first hired on with the club, how­ever, he ad­mit­ted to not know­ing much about the women’s game.

“The hockey, you don’t see big hits or fights or stuff like that,” he said. “It’s more nice plays, nice goals. They have to work hard and are thank­ful be­cause when they go back to their home club, they don’t have the same kind of coach­ing or they don’t get treated the same way we treat them, so they’re al­ways nice with us and it’s spe­cial.”

He said the en­ergy in the city and in the streets is over­whelm­ing, with peo­ple wear­ing their Team Canada jer­seys and wav­ing flags.

“I lived the ex­pe­ri­ence in 2007 with the Canada Games, but it’s way smaller,” he said. “Just to feel that ex­pe­ri­ence is just amaz­ing. You’re around guys like (Alex) Ovechkin and see guys like (Sid­ney) Crosby ev­ery day. Just to be around peo­ple who work so hard and are de­ter­mined to win gold, it’s a nice ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Some girls on the team, it’s their fourth ex­pe­ri­ence and they say it’s the nicest Olympics they’ve ever seen.”

Tonight’s gold medal game be­tween Canada and the United States is sched­uled for 7:30 p.m. At­lantic time.

Marco Mar­ciano

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