Yet it was not a clear-cut case of the good guys holding off the foreign marauders. Things were more complicated than that.
Lest he seem to be on an anti-Canadian crusade, Minnesota's Herb Brooks allowed that his new NCAA champions would gladly welcome "any exceptional Canadian player" to go with all those native sons. Meanwhile, an all-tournament team was named—Brad Shelstad was MVP—and on it was Steve Jensen of Michigan Tech. Jensen, a freshman, was recruited in suburban Minneapolis, of all places. Herb Brooks could be right—there may be enough talent in the slate for everyone.