Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/23/06 at 11:48 AM ET
Where are the great American-born superstars, such as a Sidney Crosby? Where are the great American-born goalies? Where are the superstar athletes who should have been the direct products of Lake Placid, and why aren't they skating toward gold-medal contention in Italy? The trouble is that USA Hockey is linked to the National Hockey League, and the NHL is a gang that can't shoot straight. If hockey in the U.S. takes one step forward, as it did with that silver medal in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Gary Bettman and his NHL gang take 20 steps back with a popularity-killing lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season.more
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