Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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12-16-2012, 10:32 PM
Join Date: Nov 2011
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Lets hold he world championships in North America more than once every 50 years and see if that helps the popularity of the tournament.
Honestly, you'd just have to get TSN hyping it more regardless of where it's played.
It's like the U20s, nobody cared about it, then TSN realized it needed some Christmas programming, now its a huge deal in Canada...but not really anywhere else. The level of play in the WJHC is worse than the ECHL but people still tune in and love it - I do respect the intensity though. There's really not much reason why the U20s should be valued so much more than a U17 or U18 win.
The reality is, like most posters on this board, I am a huge hockey fan. I watch over 90 hockey games a year, often more than 130, and probably somewhere around 30 live (including mostly NHL, some AHL, and some WHL), yet I usually do not watch any games of the World Championship, even if Canada is playing in the finals (for that matter, I haven't been watch the WJHC for about three years now).
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