Team Canada’s Captain Video
Marco Marciano relishes new role as video manager for Team Canada
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.