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05-19-2010, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by cagney View Post
So dissapointed with this tournament. I've been a big believer in the depth of US hockey as evidenced by the comparitively large number of NHL players and draft picks we produce but results like this really make me question that belief. There are always questions of chemistry in an event like this but, to me, it simply can't be an excuse for such a bad showing. If the Finns, Swedes and Czechs can have the showings they're having with rosters that appear to be so weak on paper, why the hell can't we?

For our success at the junior level to mean anything we have to become a force at all adult level tournaments. If the Finns, with a talent pool the size of Minnesota, can have as many medals at the adult level as they do, there's NO reason we can't.
I think you are a bit too hard on USA hockey and maybe the guys in the tournament.

It is hard to fly over the pond and play. Period. The rules aren't vastly different, but the interpretation can be, so it takes a bit of time to get into it. Also, I don't know if Team USA had any gatherings before the tournament. I know Sweden pulled together some guys (not all) but half the team or so for a couple of weekends and bonded before the WCH. In a short tournament like this, it matters. Just imagine if the USA team would have been as synched in the opening game vs. Germany as they were vs. Khazakstan.

Also had you not lost a hard fought and close game to Finland, they would have been in the relegation group, and you could very well have been going in as a #3-4 seed for the QF's. Wasn't it last year that Slovakia missed the qualification round?

It's a short tourney, and strange things can happen. It's sucks to be you this year, but it's great for global hockey that nations who never thought they would have a chance all of a sudden can pull out a win or two. Next year it's somebody else's lot to fight in the swamp. That is the blessing and the curse of the tourney.

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