Quote of the Day:
"The last time we played at home we lost to [Canada] in Vermont, and we didn't want that feeling again. The support we've had the last few weeks has been incredible, so we wanted to win this for the fans." -Kacey Bellamy, U.S.
The tournament has concluded but not without a dramatic gold medal win for the U.S. They proved time and time again that they are worth more than what they are getting from USA Hockey for these tournaments. Without respect, this victory would not have been possible because they would have not been there. USA Hockey has to listen more to the needs of their players and it paid off for both parties. This is a huge victory for the women because they won it while being more respected by USA Hockey. They did not need this win to prove their dominance or worth but USA Hockey can now see that their investment is the 100% right choice.
Congratulations to Switzerland on staying in the tournament! Best of luck to the Czech Republic as they go to Division I A next year.
Also, great job to Finland on winning bronze. It's sad to see Germany not win any medal for their work but they did better than they were predicted to. I hope they continue their resilience and grow more as a team for next year. See you soon, Germany!
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!