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Bronze loss wasn't a bust for players' careers

Originally Published: January 6, 2005
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Hunched over the American bench, Czech Republic players in a writhing joyful mass a few yards away, their sticks and gloves discarded willy-nilly on the ice in the moment of victory, defenseman Jeff Likens lamented not only the loss of a game but also the passing of an era.

"It's tough to take [the Team USA jersey] off. Tough to end it all," Likens said, the day after losing the bronze-medal game of the World Junior Championship, 3-2 in overtime, to the Czechs. "I've ...

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