Would European fans care if Canada and the US pulled out of the World Championships?
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05-31-2010, 04:34 PM
Join Date: Apr 2008
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Well the IIHF made their bed with that stupid article they put out a couple weeks ago and now they have to lie in it.
So you're saying that one stupid article (which has been apologized for and withdrawn) is more important than an eighty-year old global tradition, the wishes of hundreds of players to represent their country when they're available, and the enthusiasm that millions of hockey fans (not just in Europe, but also in North America) have for the tournament? Talk about an overreaction!
In any case, I can't imagine Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, not to mention the European federations, allowing an NHL boycott without a fight. If Bettman and the NHL GMs want to entrench a rift in international hockey, it will be their loss and a boost to the KHL and European leagues. Who is going to tell Ovechkin & co. "If you're out of the playoffs, you can golf, but you can't play for Russia!" Keep in mind, it's the national federations that pay for players' insurance for the WC, not the clubs.
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