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by skatingtripods » Wed Dec 26, 2007 3:55 pm
by buckeyehoppy » Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:48 pm
Skating Tripods wrote:The tournament features the best under-20 players in the world. Many of the United States players are players from the NCAA powerhouses (Denver, Minnesota, Wisconsin) and a couple from the NTDP program. This year, Czech Republic is the home country.In today's opening round pool play, the United States beat Team Kazakhstan 5-1. James Van Riemsdyk, Kyle Okposo, and Tyler Ruegsegger each had a goal and an assist. The U.S. outshot Kazakhstan 44-17.Box score: http://stats.iihf.com/Hydra/142/IHM142B02_74_3_0.pdfThe US Team will play Switzerland Friday. Medal round games can seen on NHL Network.
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buckeyehoppy wrote:Canada won the gold. Mason was traded to Kitchener during the tournament. I don't think that affects his status with Columbus, but he is now going to play for the reigning OHL champs.
by buckeyehoppy » Wed Jan 09, 2008 1:17 am
by skatingtripods » Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:16 pm
buckeyehoppy wrote:Tripods:First off, great work on the coverage in the tournament. If I ever meet ya, I'll have to buy you the beverage of your choice for your coverage here.
I think the depth of the Canadian program should be a wake up call to the youth programs in this country. Youth hockey in America does such a noble job of turning out players and they should be commended.Obviously, there is still some work to do.
A town like Cleveland can be a place where youth hockey can turn out players that can compete in these international tournaments. The growth in NEO over the last 10 years has been phenomenal. It needs to remain strong and that is going to take a lot of parents volunteers and people who just care about the game.
In Canada, the game is damned near a religion and many towns have an enclosed rink. They also get lots of volunteer help and it is a true community event like football is in many towns in America.
I think the American NHL teams need to band together to make an extra effort to get the game into communities in their towns. It would also help to get the game into more remote areas and not just into suburbs.How about getting hockey into places like Steubenville, Ashtabula, Sandusky, Defiance or Marion? They are small self-sustaining towns and we need a few more towns like that with rinks and programs across the country to make a competitive American international team a reality in the future.
A lot of the college towns in this state have youth hockey for the kids in town (Bowling Green, Oxford, and Kent among those) and places like Findlay and Fremont also have youth hockey.But it will take more towns like those to start programs and get kids to participate. Look at a player like Boll from the Blue Jackets. He's from North Carolina! That is how American hockey will eventually gain parity with Canada...when the players don't just come from the Minnesotas, Michigans and Massachusettses of this country.
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