In the early days of women’s international hockey, the Canadian women’s team battered and beat down competition with ease. For years, the Canadians were the dominant force, the hockey heavyweight that other nations tried but ultimately failed to knock off.
However, the tide began to turn late in the first decade of the 2000s. A new generation of American stars was coming to the fore and building upon the foundation that had been laid by Hockey Hall of Famers such as Cammi Granato and Angela Ruggiero. Over the next several seasons, the U.S. began its rise to women’s hockey superiority on the strength of stars such as Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker and Meghan Duggan. And despite Canada’s gold-medal victory on home ice at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the Americans’ run of four World Champions...
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