Would European fans care if Canada and the US pulled out of the World Championships?
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05-31-2010, 03:16 PM
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What about the olympic games then? Are you willing to play in qualifiying rounds so that Canada/Usa can participate at the OG?
Why not just make it like the mid 90s, where Canada and the USA played at the WC but mostly with pros from European leagues? It was enough to stay in the A group and for Canada to win a medal sometimes (well, most of the time, the USA got relegated once) and if you don't care about the tournement, then it doesn't matter if Canada has a chance to win or will only finish 4th/5th...
Canada has never sent a team comprised "mostly" with pros from European leagues. There have been years where they have augmented their roster with a few Euro-based pros, but since the IIHF started allowing NHL players to participate, the overwhelming majority of the players have been members of NHL clubs who had been eliminated from the playoffs.
It would be terrible for that to be the norm. Canada would wind up fighting for 8th-10th every year and the IIHF would lose a significant draw: the opportunity for its European fans to see top flight NHL players.
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