(2) Thank you for providing/confirming historical context for this coverage, and thanks for reintroducing the word “rhubarb” into the sport's lexicon.
(3) I think the game's speed stymied the announcer’s booth too. “There goes Spooner,” “There goes Poulin,” interspersed with the more than occasional “Here come the Americans!” Four lines? Who knew, other than Eeyore? Things got better as the game progressed. The puck carrier was usually identified, but lines, D-pairings, PP/PK units? I know it must be a tough gig: once a year, new players, new numbers, but, as FHF says, speed kills.
(4) Looks like Coyne and Knight have practiced that a thousand times.
(5) Great game.
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AS for the numbers published by USAH, I have no idea how accurate they are but I don't see any reason for them to fudge them.
A question about girls life in the great white north: The path to the NHL looks pretty clear up there, but what about a girl with the goal of making the national team? Are the club teams good (here a club team indicates maybe not that great)? Do the girls "move up" by jumping to better clubs as they merit or is it all community based? Do they have regional development camps (they have them here) where the girls learn and are seen?
EDIT: BTW - many people see the MSHSL rules as an impediment to development because they limit the number of games a play can be in during the year. That is why the development school in Plymouth, MI is a hot spot. Some kids are playing Junior hockey even though that limits their NC$$ eligibility (they are more interested in the AHL career than education).
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WRT to the Canadien model question, I'd defer to an actual Canadien for significantly more informed info, but the little I know suggests that club teams are the primary development mechanism. The players compete in Provincials and then Nationals just like USA hockey programs and the national team players come from the pool of players that competes in this sytem.
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To be clear, I have absolutely no issue with girls playing local school hockey in MN or anywhere else (MA has a very active high school hockey league, albeit the level of play is not really high (but improving)). It is great that it provides an avenue for girls to participate and represent their communities - in fact is essential to the growth of the women's game. And I can understand the attraction of the MN high school model. But this thread is about the World Championships and the discussion about the National Team. And the local school model will less and less be the avenue to the highest levels of women's hockey just like it is on the men's side. I ask you - how many US National Team/NHL players played local HS hockey through graduation? Not many. And why will the women's game develop differnetly? It won't.
From the beginning it's been much easier to have great stats in the MN high school league than it is playing for the club teams like in the JWHL. The MN high school league as a whole simply doesn't compare.
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