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09-30-2012, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by cagney View Post
Because the majority of fans don't want it.

Hockey's base of power is focused on the NHL and like pretty much all sports that are popular in North America, the club level reigns supreme. The majority of North American fans don't want anything interfering with "their" club and the fact is that an expanded international stage would inevitably impact the league.

As a very important corollary, owners of North American franchises tend to view international competition as a threat to their investments. If they can't make a lot of money off it they don't see any value in it. Just look at the way the NHL and NBA are pushing to withdraw "their" players from the Olympics.

I'd love to see more best on best hockey competition though. Heck, they could disband the NHL for all I care if it meant more of it.
Well thanks for explaining that in detail. What shocks me is the idea that fans don't want it. I can understand the owners not caring for it, but fans? The most hardcore Leafs fan I've ever met told me that the 2010 Olympics was the most exciting and well played hockey he had seen in a decade and was actually depressed when the NHL season re-started.

I'm sure that an extended calendar is not the answer. However, do Canadians really not want special test-matches (at least 2-3 a year) vs. the best of the best? It seems hilariously ironic considering that the most iconic moments in the history of Canadian sports (1972, 1987, 2002, 2010) all had to do with the Team Canada playing.

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