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Continued: Scoggins: Disputed goal adds spice to U.S.-Canada women's hockey rivalry

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 13, 2014 - 5:35 PM

Their games are intense and typically close. They pound each other into the boards and shove each other after the whistle. They even had a couple of fights in pre-Olympic games.

Chu was asked if hatred is too strong a word to describe their rivalry.

“Some of my teammates might,” she said. “The only thing you can say is it’s an intense passion. When people come out and watch us in person, it’s unbelievable how many people are surprised by how fast the game is, how physical it is, how every shift every single player on that ice is trying to win that puck.”

Count me in that group.

Team Canada coach Kevin Dineen played and coached in the NHL. He knows what a true rivalry looks and feels like. He listed a few intense rivalries that he’s familiar with in explaining his current one.

“I think this one is the real deal,” he said. “You always hear, ‘Oh, they don’t like each other.’ I don’t buy that. It’s a mutual respect. I think sometimes to be really good you have to have a good foil. Certainly the U.S. for us is a great measuring stick. I’m just hoping we can keep moving forward and there might be another snapshot in the very near future.”

One more time for a gold medal? Count me in.

 

Chip Scoggins chip.scoggins@startribune.com



 

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