The Best National Ice Hockey Teams in the World: Looking Ahead After Women's Worlds

The 2017 IIHF Women's World Championships will forever be remembered in tandem with the stand that the US Women's National Team took -- and won -- in demanding equal treatment from USA Hockey.

But beyond the headlines (which all but wrote themselves), there was a lot to learn about each

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2017 IIHF Women's World Championships Notebook -- Day 6

United States 3, Canada 2 -- Gold Medal Game

After achieving a landmark victory off the ice just two days before the tournament started, the United States Women's National Team made history on the ice, winning their first ever Women's World Championship on home soil.

They did so in dramatic

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2017 IIHF Women's World Championships Notebook -- Day 5

United States 11, Germany 0

The Americans put on a dominating performance Thursday night, limiting the Germans to just eight shots and controlling the entire ice. Ten different players scored goals, including three defenders. Through four games, fourteen Americans had scored goals, lending credence to coach Robb Stauber's claims that

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2017 IIHF Women's World Championships Notebook -- Day 3

USA 5, Finland 3

Too many penalties kept the Finns from established a rhythm and gave Team USA way too many opportunities on Monday evening.

The Americans are the only team to sweep their opening round games, but Finland took advantage of some lapses, especially on the defensive end. Captain

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2017 IIHF Women's World Championships Notebook -- Day 2

Finland 4, Canada 3

The Finns beat Canada for the first time at the World Championship Saturday night, and we may be able to look back at this as a turning point in Finnish hockey. They certainly seemed to be ushering in a new era, as both players and coach

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Musings on the USA/Canada Winter Series

It's rare that I attend a hockey game as a fan anymore, but when the USA/Canada December series was announced, it seemed the perfect opportunity for a short road trip that was high on garish American-flag-themed outfits and low on press responsibilities.

We attended Saturday's game in Plymouth, Michigan,

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