What can the IIHF do to fix the World Championships of Hockey?
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05-21-2010, 07:01 PM
Join Date: Apr 2005
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The WC's are just a european tournament. North American teams don't care because their players are still playing in the real tournament that actually matters (Stanley Cup). The tournament will not mean a thing to anyone in North America when they know the vast majority of their team's rosters are basically glorified AHL'rs and somehow supposed to represent the best they can send..
If the Euro's actually cared about world competition they'd want to move the tourny to a time that doesnt conflict with the NHL playoffs. And if they don't they're totally content with going against our AHL chumps and thinking they beat something worthwhile. I think these last olympics showed what kind of hockey the North American's can play when they actually put forth the kinds of teams they are capable of.
As did Turin and Nagano
Oh and these glorified AHL'ers you may find at the Spengler Cup for Team Canada but if you actually look at the rosters you will see mostly NHL regulares for Canda & USA in the last years. Many young guns, sure, in case of the USA many 3rd/4th liners, but still NHL regulares.
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