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Experience and chemistry are key

Updated: June 16, 2004, 1:47 PM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

To understand just how serious the competition for the World Cup of Hockey will be one need only look to the most recent rules revision.

Just weeks before the rosters were to be submitted for the eight-nation tournament, the organizing members got together and dropped a provision that required three of the 26 players on each team to be under the age of 23.

The intent of the original rule was so each team could bring a trio of up-and-coming players to the tournament. They likely wouldn't ...

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