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06-17-2012, 03:46 AM
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Originally Posted by vorky View Post
NHL survived, WHA not. Lets have a look to Europe (possible scenario??) - KHL will invite some clubs from new Champions League and Champions League will not survive.
WHA didn't survive, but they challenged the NHL for superiority. That is the point. European hockey and North American hockey are two different things. Teams aren't going to join the KHL just because they were successful internationally in a Champions tournament.

And considering the popularity of a Champions league over a closed KHL league by the fans (facebook poll) and those involved with the sport (Barcelona vote), it would be pretty idiotic for a team to leave for the KHL in the first place. It would be a very unpopular decision - at least in a big hockey country like Sweden or Switzerland. Slovan didn't get any backlash because the Slovakia league is a joke.

Ok, Would be UEFA Champions League so succesfull without two of 3 most famous euro clubs? I mean FC Barcelona and Real Mardid.
Yes, of course. It is still the European championship with or without Spanish teams. If they choose not to compete, it has absolutely no barring on the competition. UEFA exists for Europe, not just Spain.

Especially if the KHL champion is going to play the Western European champion regardless. It makes no difference if that western European team comes from a western KHL division or a Champions League.

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