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Decisions come at early age in Canadian hockey system

There's a lot of confusion among Americans about our northerly neighbors. Yes, Can-adians may sound a bit funny to American ears and say "eh" too much for our tastes, but one thing most Americans are sure of is that Canadians love hockey.With a dizzying array of leagues and massive participation at all levels, Canada's most popular sport has a following that astonishes most American observers.

SPORTS | 02/18/1998


Penn's Jordan keys attack, poses threat to men's hoops' Ivy season

The men's basketball team is in the midst of a dream season. Princeton is currently in the top 10 and has yet to be threatened in the Ivy League.But tonight, the Tigers host arch-rival Penn, which can, by beating Princeton, destroy the dream, strip the Tigers of their national ranking and grab a piece of the Ivy League lead.And if there's one Quaker player the Tigers fear, it's sophomore point guard Michael Jordan, the league's leading scorer."He's fast, he's strong, he can make his shot, he can go either way," Princeton assistant coach John Thompson '88 said. Better with ageLast year, Jordan was named Ivy Rookie of the Year after averaging 12.1 points per game.

SPORTS | 02/16/1998

Princeton: Expect to be challenged for league lead by healthy Quakers

An open letter to the students of Princeton University:A year ago we published an article in your paper filled with insults and personal attacks against your student body because we knew our team was a year away from being ready to compete with your team.One year later, the Quakers are ready to resume the premier rivalry in all of Ivy League sports.Meanwhile, your pathetic writer is too busy thinking of cliched and tired insults ? his garbage is on this page somewhere.In fact, he highlights exactly why Princeton will not run over Penn tonight as it has every other Ivy opponent.Princeton, and its basketball team, is too interested in its image.Meanwhile, the 1997-98 Quakers are gritty survivors.That Penn even has the chance to tie for the Ivy League lead tonight is a testament to its perseverance through injury and setback.Sophomore Geoff Owens, who was forced to sit out the season after being diagnosed with hypertension, was just the first and most prominent Quaker player to be confined to the pine.

SPORTS | 02/16/1998

Women's hockey drops one to Dartmouth, tops BC, 6-4

In Baker Rink this weekend it was business as usual for the women's hockey team ? one win, one loss.Princeton's weekend was quite familiar as the Tigers were plagued with slow starts and failed scoring opportunities early in each of the games.After being shut out once more against Dartmouth, 3-0 Saturday, Princeton (11-12-1 overall, 8-10 Eastern College Athletic Conference,) turned it around Sunday and handed Boston College (8-19-1, 3-14-1) another loss, 6-4. Trouble at the startIn the first period Saturday both teams were held scoreless ? Dartmouth (17-7-1, 14-3-1) with only six shots on goal and Princeton with a mere two shots.In addition, the Tigers had trouble clearing the puck from their defensive end, allowing the Big Green ample scoring opportunities."The first period we just didn't show up to play," junior center Ali Coughlin said."We came out really flat in the first period," sophomore center Danya Marshman said.

SPORTS | 02/16/1998

National Champs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. ? By yesterday afternoon the question at the finals of the Howe Cup was not which team would win, but just how quickly the women's squash team would claim the Cup and the national title that goes with it.Princeton would not have to wait long.

SPORTS | 02/15/1998

Women's basketball splits two Ivy games; turnovers help cause loss

For the second consecutive weekend, the women's basketball team split its two weekend games. This time, however, there were no wild celebrations, no game-winning steals and no multi-year winning streaks that came to an end.Although Princeton (12-9 overall, 6-3 Ivy League) was able to salvage a 60-42 victory over Yale in New Haven, Conn., Saturday, a Friday defeat at Brown could prove devastating to the Tigers' hopes of winning the regular-season conference title.

SPORTS | 02/15/1998