As gigantic and talented as Minnesota hockey is, we do have a bit of a hamstring because our talent is stretched between so many good schools here. In Wisconsin, for example, all of the good hockey players play for the Badgers. In North Dakota, they all go to the U. of North Dakota. Most other states have that one top-line powerhouse program that always attracts the cream of the crop. Maybe two for some states.
And I guess it was pretty much like that here for many decades.
I'm going to say now, to pre-empt the obvious criticism that will come my way - I'm not saying that it's bad that Minnesota kids have so many good options for colleges that have great programs. I'm just saying that the result is that our talent pool gets spread out between the U of M, Duluth, Bemidji, Mankato, St. Cloud ... I'm probably forgetting some schools... and it makes it harder to hold dominance in the sport the way we'd love to, year after year.
Yep, I'm whining a bit. I may be a bit too caught up in my wish for a feel-good win in honor of Motzko's son because I've seen other programs, other teams, other coaches, other players get that kind of moment. Heck, we saw referees hand over an NFCCG to New Orleans because of Katrina. I'm whining because I thought this might have been our turn.
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