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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - James Vanriemsdyk
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Throughout the recently completed Stanley Cup playoffs, people inside and outside the hockey community bemoaned dwindling television ratings in the United States, using them to predict a tumultuous future for the sport in this country.
"Early on everyone is homesick, and it is all brand new," said vanRiemsdyk, who along with Kane is an USNTDP alumni. "You're training five days a week and getting stronger, but you're constantly tired. You just keep pushing through, and there is a point probably in November where it all starts to become part of your routine and it ends up being the best thing for you."