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Montoya's game stands between U.S. and its goal

Originally Published: December 31, 2004
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A year ago, Al Montoya was just another American hockey player tending goal at the World Junior Championship.

Since then, Montoya led Team USA to its first gold medal at the World Junior Championship, had his life story told and re-told a dozen ways, led the University of Michigan to an NCAA Tournament appearance, became the first Cuban-American player drafted into the NHL and had a sandwich named for him at New York's world-famous Carnegie Deli.

Whew!

However, ...

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