Bob McKenzie, the best hockey analyst around, made a very interesting assessment of the style of play between the 2 countries. Canada - more of a grind it out along the boards and traffic at the net type of game USA - more of a rush type of team, generating turnovers and counterattacking This seems to have been a trend over the years between the 2 nations. Even Herb Brooks at SLC had the same style of game for the Americans. I wonder, does the choice in styles have more to do with how each country does their championship tournaments for this age group and onwards. Canada - CHL, you play 4 rounds of the playoffs, best of 7 series to win it all, so playing physical allows you to wear down your opponent in the first few games, so that by the half way point of the series, you see the benefit of the hitting/grinding on the opposition, as they begin turning the puck over and shying away from the hits. USA - NCAA Frozen 4 tournament, it's a single game elimination, so you are more relying on your talented players to have a big game and win it for you. Thoughts?