Euro Hockey Tour turns to European Championship with 16 Teams (from 2014 on)
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02-11-2013, 12:33 PM
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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.
It's not like all players come from the KHL, Finland had seven players from the KHL in the latest tournament. Don't know about the Czechs. So at least for Finland it's a great opportunity to see how the SM-liiga players do on the international level, and some always get picked to the WC.
Imo a bigger tournament is pointless, better to have countries on a similar level playing each other instead of the bigger countries having an easy time against the smaller ones. We already have the WC where countries that are somewhat closer to the big ones get a chance show what they have.
Last edited by Mara: 02-11-2013 at
. Reason: Seven from KHL, goalie was changed
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