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06-01-2010, 04:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Nakawick View Post
We will probably never agree, but the World Cup is a much better tournament in my opinion, it involves the best players. We can have different opinions, that is OK. When Canada has won the World Championships there was no big celebration, no parades or people in the streets, nothing like the Olympics or to a lessor extent the World Cup.

There is nothing wrong with the world championships and I hope it remains the same as it is with players volunteering to go and having one each year as it is good for Europe, especially the lower ranked teams. If I was to compare the Hockey tournaments to soccer tournaments, I would say the hockey World Cup is more like the Soccer European Championships with the Olympics in Hockey more equivalent to the World Cup in soccer. The World championships as far as I am concerned is more like annual friendlies.

As for the format of the World Cup, you are right that there will likely be fewer countries in this tournament. i would like to see 8 with each team playing each other. It has been 8 years since Canada and Sweden have played a best on best game. If not an 8 team round robin then maybe 10 or even 12 teams with two groups of 5 or 6.

I think Colorado held it 50 years or so ago, Canada had it for the 1st time in 2008.
Maybe you donīt know much about the European soccer championship, but that is a very stupid comparison.

The soccer Euro is organized by an official governing body of the sport on one continent- UEFA, where every single nation from the continent, who wants to participate gets their chance in the qualifiers, even the amateurs from small San Marino, whose best players are from like Italian 3rd league and who constantly get blown out.

How exactly does that compare to a tournament, which is organized by a league, whose main intent is to promote itself (and therefore invites teams, who actually have NHL players) and where not only the teams like Hungary or Croatia, but also teams of the level of Germany, Belarus, Latvia, Denmark or Norway donīt get a chance to particpate. Please donīt tell me, it is cuz of bigger differences in the level of play, I can quite assure you that the drop off between Canada and Denmark is a zillion times smaller than the drop off between Spain and San Marino in soccer.

If Hockey Canada and Hockey USA organize a continental North American Hockey Cup, please, then you can compare it to the soccer Euro, but to compare the soccer Euro and Hockey "World" Cup is totally stupid.

Plus, compared to those "annual friendlies" as you call the WHC, this so called "World" Cup is not even annual.

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