They all say they want multisport athletes and the really great hockey players truly are, but given the choice a D1 (or D3 for that matter) coach will take the better hockey player every single time because their main focus isn't to develop players, they are there to win. Maybe a 9 month season is the path to higher levels of women's hockey, just like it is for women's soccer or lacrosse (you can argue there are still many athletes getting to the upper levels of lacrosse, but that is changing rapidly), but is it worth the repetitive injuries that come with being a single sport athlete?
Interesting. If you look at the recent U18 USA roster you have 2 players, both from CT on the team and no one else from MA/NE. It felt like there were notable MA/NE players who are talented enough to be on that team that were missing. The D1 numbers shared up thread would suggest that more than 2 players should have made the team. It is always interesting in how these teams are put together and how they ultimately preform in competition.