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01-06-2013, 08:06 PM
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The only practical way to achieve this would be two have two separate competitions, somewhat similar to European soccer. Have a 40 game NHL season and playoffs for the Stanley Cup and then have a Champions League-style competition where 32 of the best teams in the world compete. For the NHL teams that don't qualify for the Champions League, there could be a second tier tournament for them to play in. They'd have to determine if its better to have the competitions happen at the same time, like in soccer, or if they should have them run sequential.

I doubt this will ever happen, but as hockey becomes more of a global sport and other leagues improve, it could eventually work.

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