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02-20-2013, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Kanadensisk View Post
I think NBA and the IOC paved the way for the NHL to join the Olympics
True.

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I'm not sure why people give the IIHF so much credit.
The IIHF had to agree. And did so.

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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. (...)
Fair point, conceded. Fortunately that's not an issue any more. And it hasn't been one for nearly 20 years now.

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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.
2 World Cups vs 1 World Championship. But compare the number of games played: 12 WC games in Europe vs 54 WCH games in NA . Number of playoff games: 2 vs 7. No gold medal game vs gold medal game.
You could also figure in the 2 best-on-best Olympics held in North America. 50 additional games in NA, including 18 playoff games, including 2 gold medal games.

All in all it's 2 tournaments vs 3 tournaments. 12 games vs 104 games. 2 playoff games vs 25 playoff games. Zero gold medal games vs 3 gold medal games.

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