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02-20-2013, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Theokritos View Post

The IIHF had to agree. And did so.

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

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.

I mean, even in its 3rd try MLB/NPB/IBAF/KBO/etc have grown the WBC into a tourney involving 24 teams including the qualifiers. The World Cup to this day after many more tries only chose teams the NHL's marketing department wants.

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