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05-20-2013, 05:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Rob View Post
Even if Canada were to win gold at Sochi they would not make any big gains in the rankings as an Olympics gold medal is worth the same as a World Championship gold medal according to the IIHF.

I do understand that the rankings serve a purpose for seeding the teams at the Olympics. This is why I think the rankings are more important for the lower ranked teams than for the highly ranked ones.
Still, also olympic tournament is still only one tournament. Yes, top countries have their A-players there, but it doesn't really matter from ranking point of view because the sample quality of that tournament is low: round robin games are almost meaningless (all teams advance to playoffs) and then from one to four single game elimination games.

Anyway, the IIHF ranking is much better than FIFA ranking, for example, which is a joke. FIFA ranking favors teams from continents with weak teams. Even bigger joke is the FIFA World Cup. The best teams are not there but predefined amount of best teams from each region.

If ice hockey World Cup was arranged in same way, it'd be like this: Canada, Russia, Sweden, Czech Rep, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Qatar, South Africa and Egypt.

Last edited by roto: 05-20-2013 at 05:53 AM.
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