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11-15-2012, 02:55 PM
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Originally Posted by NicoSB View Post
In Europe there are at least 7 professional leagues (SM liiga, Eliteserien, NLA, EBEL, Extraliga, DEL, [KHL], Slovakian league). Make it a bit smaller, you don't need endless qualifiers and a main round with 32 teams. Make it like 16 teams and only one qualifying round.

Ofcourse, I won't lie to myself, Chicago didn't play their best hockey but still if they are a team that should beat ZSC even in second gear. Metallurg had a motivation, there was a prizemony of 1,6 Mio Dollars, but they lost anyway.
And we've had and are still having tournaments between the teams from these leagues. It just seems that the teams and the audience doesn't really care...

That has been the problem with the "Champions League in Hockey" since the 90's, people only care about the local champions.

Only way to make it more valued in the eyes of the teams and the spectators is to make to make it more profitable. Now teams see it as a nuisance (like Euro Cup for bigger teams in European football).

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