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Expectations lower for U.S. in hockey

Originally Published: August 31, 2004
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

MONTREAL -- Though the sport and its eligibility standards for international competitions, plus the world map itself, all have radically changed in the past quarter-century, the "Miracle" DVD reminds Americans. It wasn't that long ago when a USA victory on hockey's world stage could be termed a wondrous aberration.

And for reasons that reflect the sport's struggle to become embedded in the mainstream American sporting consciousness, and reasons that are in-the-background foundations of ...

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