Granato obliged, but she also told them what the USA team did wrong in 2002, when it went 31-0 on a pre-Olympic tour (including eight wins over Canada) but lost the Olympic final 5-2.
The Americans weren't quite ready to turn their attention to a specific opponent just yet. Even so, getting to Pyeongchang at all was not a foregone conclusion for this team. "We're just excited to play them (U.S.)".
That lasted only 2 minutes into the second when Irwin tipped a midair pass from Blayre Turnbull over Rooney's left leg for Canada. "This is the game we've been dreaming of and to have another opportunity to get back here, it's huge".
Belarus won the gold in the women's 4×6-kilometre biathlon relay, finishing in 1 hour, 12 minutes, 3.4 seconds.
"It's honestly a dream come true", USA forward Hilary Knight said.
Smile Japan team members were on hand to watch the final. The men have done it, most recently when Sweden beat Canada in 1994.
Maybe it's because her brother coached the men's team. Blayre Turnbull deked past US defenseman Lee Stecklein and sent a centering pass to Haley Irwin, who batted the puck out of midair and past Rooney at the two-minute mark.
Nothing less than a fifth straight gold medal is expected in the country that created the sport, and the Canadians have won the past four Olympic gold-medal games.
That came when women on the national team won a fight for better pay and scored a contract that rivals that of the men's national team.
But they are a crowd favorite at the Games in South Korea, hailed as a potent symbol of the "Peace Olympics" in Pyeongchang. Eventually, the team did, in fact, have to leave Tampa and go to a shelter. This is what everyone, from the fans to the players, spent the past four years daydreaming about.
They briefly retired after Sochi, but decided a few years ago to compete in one more Olympics.
American defender Kacey Bellamy found it hard to detail what the result meant to her.
"I think we have lots of experienced guys that have played in big games throughout their careers", Canadian captain Chris Kelly said prior to the game "Those experiences you can reflect on and learn from and hopefully it helps you in the long run".
The prospect of seeing a unified Korean women's ice hockey team return to action at the 2022 Winter Olympics would be welcomed by International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), who believe it would keep alive the message of peace and hope. The pay there is not great, either.
They were unfazed though, and they played like it.
"Right before she came down, I just looked over at the bench and saw my teammates like pointing at me, just one more", Rooney said. "He's earned being here and he's obviously been a big part of it for us".
They will be eager to add a 2018 gold to their collections. This has created an opening for the women's team to garner more notice than usual. "It's unbelievable. A lot of us are here because of the '98 team".
"Any time you can win gold, I mean it's game-changing", US forward Hilary Knight said.
Emily Pfalzer and Team U.S.A. Women's Hockey defeated Canada early Thursday morning to take home gold.
"I think the rivalry between Canada and the USA has been there since the inception", said Laura Schuler, the head coach of the Canada team who has been there since the inception, a player on the 1998 squad that lost to the Americans. This is a different group.
To the victor go the chuckles, and when somebody told Rooney that her Wikipedia entry had been changed so her job was now "U.S. Secretary of Defense" she laughed and said, "That's hilarious!"