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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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Don't get too excited - Olympics won't make hockey popular
SPORTS

Don't get too excited - Olympics won't make hockey popular

After an epic overtime thriller that left the U.S. Men's Hockey Team on the losing end of a 3-2 result, the sad reality of hockey reclaiming its place as fourth fiddle in the American sports landscape set in for many of the game's fans. Even after a dramatic Olympic finale like Vancouver's, the nation's concern for hockey already has dwindled as casual followers shift their focus to March Madness, the start of spring training or maybe this summer's World Cup.


More international tournaments the key to hockey's popularity
SPORTS

More international tournaments the key to hockey's popularity

Never in my life can I remember so much focus from the sports world on hockey than during the Vancouver Olympics. I was completely hooked, leaving games on in my apartment whenever I was home, whether it be the preliminary round or the gold-medal game. People I knew, who ranged from casual hockey fans to apathetic ones, became invested. The national media turned its focus away from college basketball, the NBA and the NFL offseason to the U.S.-Canada gold-medal game. The sport could not have asked for a better showcase.



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