MINNEAPOLIS -- On Sunday afternoon, the Gopher Women of hockey realized a dream that for Gopher girls has just begun.
"I've always like the Gophers, a lot of my favorite players have played for them I want to play for them too," 8-year-old Lily said from the stands watching the national title game.
Yes, little girls don't always dream of being a pretty princess.
In the state of hockey, the crown they want is much bigger.
"Yeah I wanna play for the girls team," 9-year-old Eliana said.
No this crowd wasn't bragging about brackets.
Or worrying about million dollar contracts to come.
These were purer sports dreamers.
Because they can see it they know, they too, can be it.
"Yeah they are better than the boys," Lily said.
Oh if only the women that paved the way with Title Nine could see the dreams they made possible to be dreamt.
Today a lesson was learned at Ridder Arena.
Being perfect is possible.
Perfect in sport.
Perfect in skill.
Because once upon a time the Gopher Women were Gopher girls who dreamed of being perfect, in the state of hockey.
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