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U.S. undone by one 'mistake'

Updated: September 11, 2004, 1:59 AM ET
By Jess Myers | Special to ESPN.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Is it better to burn out, or to fade away? Team USA opted for the latter in their exit from the World Cup of Hockey, closing a chapter in American hockey in the process.

The American entry that takes to the ice at the Olympics in Italy two winters from now may look dramatically different from the one last seen shaking hands with the triumphant Finns on Friday. That much was revealed just moments after the game when Team USA captain Chris Chelios announced his likely retirement ...

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