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07-18-2013, 06:44 AM
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nyr5186
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Originally Posted by RangerBoy View Post
What other major sport shuts down in the middle of the season to play in the Olympics? It destroys the season. Its essentially two seasons. The risk of injury. Hopefully this is the last time. The NHL and NHLPA want to bring back the World Cup of Hockey. Its an event sponsored by the NHL and NHLPA. All of the money goes into the NHL revenue pot. It will be played in late August-early September. The NHL is closing its doors for three weeks to play games with an 7-8-9 hour time change. Ridiculous.
I understand the risks, but you can't overlook the attention and marketing that hockey gets during the Winter Olympics. It's great for the sport. When hank won the gold with Sweden, it instantly made him a star in the league and a household name in NY. He was on the backpage of every newspaper.

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