Would European fans care if Canada and the US pulled out of the World Championships?
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05-29-2010, 08:14 PM
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The Olympics would present an interesting dilemma under this scenario. If the IIHF/IOC want the NHL to participate they would have to find a way to accommodate the NA teams. I think we would both agree that the NHL would not participate in the OG if Canada and the US were not in the tournament. If the NHL was not participating in the OG, then same as the IHWC I would rather not send a team than send something less than our best.
As for the WJC I don't really see how that comes into play unless you're suggesting Canada and the US would be kicked out out of spite.
Going to the second point, you can't really expect the IIHF to let you into some tournaments while not being part of others.
The problem is that the IIHF isn't going to be over and do the NHL's bidding on this matter. They can do so because the NHL is in a far more weaker position given its inability to constantly commit to the Olympics or to have a standard for international player transfers.
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