by Patrick Hoffman on 05/06/09 at 10:02 PM ET
I know, I know - the Stanley Cup Playoffs are going on so many of you will wonder why this is even worth a post.
However, I think it’s worth noting that the U.S. Men’s National team advanced to the Semi-Finals at the IIHF worlds in Switzerland with a 3-2 victory over Finland. Former Philadelphia Flyers’ netminder Robert Esche (remember him?) made 47 saves and the team got goals from Dustin Brown (Los Angeles Kings), T.J. Oshie (St. Louis Blues), and Ryan Suter (Nashville Predators).
Considering that the Winter Olympics are being held next year, I think that this is an important step for Team USA and is worthy of some coverage. However, if you don’t live in Canada, this won’t receive any type of play from the media because one, it’s hockey, and two, not enough people care?
With that being said, one hockey site that is giving it some nice play is MaxHockey.com. They have Ron Hainsey, a defenseman for Team USA and a member of the Atlanta Thrashers, blogging from the tournament as well as some good coverage of the game.
Why do you folks think that none of the media in the U.S. cares about this? Why has it been this way for so long? Will it ever change?
Let’s hear your thoughts!
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