Euro Hockey Tour turns to European Championship with 16 Teams (from 2014 on)
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02-11-2013, 11:41 AM
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This doesn't make sense to me. The EHT/WC system is fine as it is, the EHT is a way for the coaches to evaluate players for the WC, and it's a good chance to see how players of the top countries from the different European leagues fare against each other. If they do this, they might as well get rid of the WC or make it every four years so that we get two year breaks between the Olympics and WC.
EHT has nothing to do with IIHF, it's a tournament hosted by the four nations. And there are a bunch of other tournaments hosted by the other nations during the breaks too. This would basically get rid of the small tournaments, and gather them at one place.
A chance to see leagues fare against each other? The teams in EHT are predominantly built of KHL players, except for Team Sweden. We all know that KHL >>> SEL.
Maybe it's a blow for Russia in the evaluation process, but Sweden has like 4-5 WC calibre players at home and 100 players in North America that can't participate, making these breaks pointless from an evaluation standpoint.
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