So after watching most of the World Cup matches that ESPN3 had available for streaming online, I was looking for more matches to watch while I run on the treadmill, and ended up watching the NCAA D1 championship from this past fall. I couldn't help but notice that the style of play was drastically different from what even Team USA would play on the international stage. Now, I realize that there is expected to be a difference between international hockey and college hockey, but the NCAA D1 level is, here in the states, the highest level of non-international competition, is it not? In fact a number of the Team USA athletes are simultaneously D1 college hockey players. So why then, does college hockey at its highest level employ what seems like a very inefficient style of play? It seemed as though both teams were determined to push the ball forward at all costs, rather than pass around the back/midfield and look for a good pass opportunity. They seem more apt to try and dribble around their opponent than look for an immediate pass. Not to disrespect the players at all, I will be the first to admit that any one of them could probably best me onfield. It just seems like that style of play would be much quicker to tire out the players and would cause a lot of unnecessary turnovers. Having no experience seeing the club-level matches in other nations, do they employ similar styles, or are they closer to what I have seen in watching international tournaments? If the latter, why has college hockey not adopted a similar style? From the perspective of developing athletes for the international program, would that not be beneficial for the US?