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02-29-2012, 01:01 PM
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IIHF discussing the fate of 2014 World Championships in Belarus

Just on saw on Finnish tv. The matter (replacing Belarus as the hosts) will be brought to a vote on the next IIHF general council.

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02-29-2012, 06:40 PM
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Kummola being worried about stale dictature being bad PR for hockey? Oh, the irony.

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Any word on the possible replacement host?

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Any word on the possible replacement host?
Kummola suggested either Germany or Russia.

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It'll never happen of course but this is a perfect opportunity to not have a 2014 WC. This tournament should not happen in Olympic years. Having this tournament annually is devaluing the competition as it is, the fact that it also takes place a few weeks/months after the olympics is a fail. This competition would attract higher profile players in my opinion if it were held every 2 years. Let's be honest, despite Carolina not making the playoffs this year, Cam Ward won't bother coming this year (he also declined last year), Phil Kessel won't come over, the list goes on and on

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Cam Ward and Phil Kessel are grown men free to decide what they want to do in May, and their decision is not a reason to deprive fans of the tournament.

The Olympics are a pain to attend with the inflated prices and the ticket demand from non hockey fans. The WC has its purpose, even in olympic years.

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It'll never happen of course but this is a perfect opportunity to not have a 2014 WC. This tournament should not happen in Olympic years. Having this tournament annually is devaluing the competition as it is, the fact that it also takes place a few weeks/months after the olympics is a fail. This competition would attract higher profile players in my opinion if it were held every 2 years. Let's be honest, despite Carolina not making the playoffs this year, Cam Ward won't bother coming this year (he also declined last year), Phil Kessel won't come over, the list goes on and on
No it shouldn't, however since the Olympic tournament format varies from the World Championship format, you have to have the tournament due to promotions and relegations.

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I hope they won't take the tournament away from Belarus.

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Cam Ward and Phil Kessel are grown men free to decide what they want to do in May, and their decision is not a reason to deprive fans of the tournament.

The Olympics are a pain to attend with the inflated prices and the ticket demand from non hockey fans. The WC has its purpose, even in olympic years.
I agree with this.

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It'll never happen of course but this is a perfect opportunity to not have a 2014 WC. This tournament should not happen in Olympic years. Having this tournament annually is devaluing the competition as it is, the fact that it also takes place a few weeks/months after the olympics is a fail. This competition would attract higher profile players in my opinion if it were held every 2 years. Let's be honest, despite Carolina not making the playoffs this year, Cam Ward won't bother coming this year (he also declined last year), Phil Kessel won't come over, the list goes on and on
USA Hockey had more problems with players than any other WC-eligible federation.

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I would be so mad if they did change the location

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Although the tournament is not best-on-best and people don't like it because of that they shouldn't want to see it scrapped. Hockey will never grow in countries like Germany, Switzerland, Latvia and the like without this tournament.

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I would be so mad if they did change the location
The U.S. threatened to boycott the WC in Belarus but I'm pretty sure they will be alone in boycotting the tournament - if they did so.

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I agree, don't hold the wc in olympic years.

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I agree, don't hold the wc in olympic years.
Now come up with a solution for Division I-III....

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I agree, don't hold the wc in olympic years.
which would be detrimental to your countries hockey program..

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How bad could it be if all the divisions just skipped playing in the Olympic years?

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The U.S. threatened to boycott the WC in Belarus but I'm pretty sure they will be alone in boycotting the tournament - if they did so.
Finnish parliament (at least one member) already demanding Finnish hockey federation to "act" as well.

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How bad could it be if all the divisions just skipped playing in the Olympic years?
Very bad, because the IIHF finances itself through these tournaments. Not to mention that you would have more than 30 countries doing nothing for two years.

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How bad could it be if all the divisions just skipped playing in the Olympic years?
Give me a reason why that should be done. I don't see any.

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Give me a reason why that should be done. I don't see any.
Because North American posters on a hockey message board want it!

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It'll never happen of course but this is a perfect opportunity to not have a 2014 WC. This tournament should not happen in Olympic years. Having this tournament annually is devaluing the competition as it is, the fact that it also takes place a few weeks/months after the olympics is a fail. This competition would attract higher profile players in my opinion if it were held every 2 years. Let's be honest, despite Carolina not making the playoffs this year, Cam Ward won't bother coming this year (he also declined last year), Phil Kessel won't come over, the list goes on and on
just because you dont give a **** does not mean others feel the same as you, if you dont care to watch it dont

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Any word on the possible replacement host?
i may have missed something.... why are they getting a replacement? usa and finland pissed at belarus? whats the scoop?

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Because North American posters on a hockey message board want it!
this.... ugh... i love the wc's!! i dont care what others think its still good hockey and a great oppertunity to... FLAUNT your nationalism

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just because you dont give a **** does not mean others feel the same as you, if you dont care to watch it dont



i may have missed something.... why are they getting a replacement? usa and finland pissed at belarus? whats the scoop?



this.... ugh... i love the wc's!! i dont care what others think its still good hockey and a great oppertunity to... FLAUNT your nationalism
The scoop is that they oppose to playing the World Champs in a dictatorship. Not sure if only those countries are.

My personal opinion is never mix politics and sport.

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The scoop is that they oppose to playing the World Champs in a dictatorship. Not sure if only those countries are.

My personal opinion is never mix politics and sport.
Somebody should ask them why did they keeep their mouth shut during Olympics in China then

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Somebody should ask them why did they keeep their mouth shut during Olympics in China then
Well I would assume that China and Belarus are a bit different. One has single party dictatorship, the other has one man dictatorship.

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Just take it away already and give it to their northwest neighbours.

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