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U.S. team picked for a purpose

Updated: June 16, 2004, 1:46 PM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

The first thing that organizers of Team USA's World Cup of Hockey entry adhered to is the reality of time -- specifically how it waits for no man.

When eight years will have passed between the time the United States first won this tournament and when it will be called upon to defend that title, one has to address that.

Gone to retirement, injury or the ruthlessness of a demanding selection committee are a goodly number of America's hockey heroes. All-world talents like Mike Richter ...

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