Bronze loss wasn't a bust for players' careers
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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