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Team USA breakdowns start at the top

Originally Published: January 5, 2005
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- If USA Hockey is interested in becoming a consistent gold-medal threat at the World Junior Championship, it must re-evaluate its approach to the annual tournament.

The U.S. national junior team, which claimed the program's first gold last year, came within one goal of winning the bronze and claiming back-to-back medals for the first time in their 29-year history in the event. That was despite being significantly handicapped on defense by its own selection process, receiving ...

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