Olympics: Amateurs or Pros?
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02-24-2006, 10:06 AM
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Originally Posted by
Let's just eliminate Olympic hockey. The World Cup is a showcase in its own right, and if it happens during the summer, you tend to get an even higher grade of product because all the NHLers can make it. Nobody's home resting an injury.
All the NHL players are (admittedly) rusty for August Hockey, thus that makes the quality of hockey in the Olympics better simply because they are in game shape.
Anyways, read below, and you'll see that some people involved in the NHL and NHLPA are not as short-sighted (in my mind) as some people on this board
, Canuck coach
, and Canucks GM
(even after losing Ohlund and Salo) were on local radio yesterday and each said (in separate interviews) that something has to be done about the schedule for the Vancouver games in 2010. But that overall, they favor Olympic participation by the NHL.
All three also mentioned that Olympic participation is great for the game in terms of expanding it's popularity worldwide ("it is not only Canada's game anymore"), and Linden also made the point (that I have been making ad naseum over at the Olympic board) that the
World Cup is not prestigious outside Canada
, and to a smaller extent Sweden and Finland (eg, the Czechs have failed to sell-out a game in 2 tournaments), and it would be a step-backwards to stop Olympic participation and revert to a World Cup, especially in terms of expanding hockey's reach worldwide
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