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Evidence of the United States’ continued growth as a hockey power is everywhere. Record numbers play hockey in America. U.S. women dominate the world championships. Team USA has won more golds at the world junior championships over the past eight seasons than any other country. About 28% of NHL players are now American.
The Americans (2-1) have come a long way since the late 1960s, when the NHL had more American teams than American players.
And their strength was reaffirmed again Friday when the Americans erased 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to defeat the Canadians 3-2 in a shootout in snowy conditions at the first outdoor game in world junior championships history.
Buffalo Sabres prospect Casey Mittelstadt keyed the American victory with three assists and showed Buffalo fans why the Sabres may…