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02-16-2013, 06:56 AM
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Originally Posted by hz View Post
Dont the NHL get more fans in USA and the rest of the world if there is a olympic with NHL-players? Then i really think they do benifit from it. By the way its's a pretty disgusting point-of-view that everything must benifit you. Every year the NHL takes the best players from Europe for money much less then what they´re worth, is it so much to ask that they repay those countries by allowing their players to play a olympics every fourth year?
Hey, if European players want to come play in the NHL, it's their choice. Don't make it sound like the NHL is kidnapping players off the streets of Euoropean cities.

In every other sports they understand that in order to get the sport to grow , you must have a big national team tournament with the best players. World cup of hockey wont do it, as it felt pretty biased. Canadian referees during canadian games if i remember correctly.
I'm not sure the NHL wants grow interest in hockey. They want to grow interest in NHL hockey. And I question whether making the league secondary to anything is a good approach. If the Olympics occurred during the NHL offseason, maybe it might make sense to let players pursue a hobby like playing in the Olympics.

So, you assume that professional referees are incapable of being objective? When watching an NHL game, do you also assume that a referee from Montreal will be biased towards the Canadiens?

Also there was no qualification, so it's kinda of irrelavant for pretty good hockey countries like Slovenia, Belarus, Norway, and big countries like France, Ukraine, Poland, GB, even Italy and Spain and so on where people probably would watch the olympics hockey because it's the olympics. And at national team tournament should not be played in so many locations.
I can kind of see the point about qualification. I'm not sure I get what you're saying about locations at all.

If the NHL choose not to parcipitate in the olympics i think they shoot themselves in the foot because it's a great way to increase NHL-interest worldwide.
Really? It might create interest in a few players who play in the NHL. But otherwise, it has little to do with NHL hockey, especially when played on the wide ice.

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