Women’s hockey landscape has full attention of young players

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Debbie Osborne eased into a seat inside Herb Brooks Arena and stared out at her 17-year-old daughter, Kayle, as a hockey game between the United States and Canada featuring girls under age 18 was set to get under way.

A single mother who has a full-time job in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, Osborne had arranged her work schedule in mid-August to be able to drive to Lake Placid to watch her daughter play, go back home and work her shift, then do it all again two more times.

She didn’t want to miss anything.

“For Kayle, watching her grow up and having all these dreams of getting to where she is, on the pathway _ and the hard work and the effort and the joy and the excitement and the ups and the downs _ it’s amazing,” Osborne said. “She eats, lives, breathes hockey. It’s just amazing to see her and the other girls at this level.”

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