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02-20-2013, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Northender View Post
What I was getting at was we are apparently going to be seeing the talented and mighty hockey nation of Austrian playing in the Olympic tourney. In a World Cup / Canada Cup format, no way does a country like Austria get invited to particpated over Germany. Not in a 100 years. Why, becuase Austria doesn't produce the pro's that Germany does.
You just stated one of the exact reasons Europeans are against the World Cup format. If nations like Austria or Italy are capable of defeating Germany, then why should Germany automatically be in the tournament while Austria and Italy are automatically excluded? It's not a legit international competition in the eyes of Europeans as long as there is no qualification process.

Originally Posted by Burke the Legend View Post
(where the NHL is already sending NHL teams to open in Europe what's the difference in sending a international team??).
It's the difference between NHL opening games played in Europe and Stanley Cup Finals played in Europe. 6-11 hours time difference between North American TV audiences and the game in Stockholm/Helsinki/Moscow that decides whether Team Canada is crowned World Champion or not.

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