2014 Olympics and the NHL (UPD: NHL, NHLPA, IIHF, IOC meeting this week)
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02-20-2013, 12:35 PM
Join Date: May 2005
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Tell me how the NHL did a better job in the Canada Cup/World Cup?
I think NBA and the IOC paved the way for the NHL to join the Olympics, I'm not sure why people give the IIHF so much credit. Most Europeans love to bash the Canada Cup / World Cup but they forget that for close to half a century the IIHF and IOC did everything in their power to keep North Americas best players out of their tournaments. As a result we evil North Americans decided to organize our own tournament where all the best players would attend, how terrible of us! Only when a lot of Europeans started to play in NA did the IIHF/IOC begin to change their tune.
Many people don't realize that in the last +30 years there have actually been more World Cups with games played in Europe than World Championships with games played in NA.
Those who know a bit about the history of hockey know that the IIHF as a whole have done a pretty terrible job over the years.
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