I see no point of having Poprad or HK Riga there for the sake of "Internationality". If they aren't champions then GTFO. Reminds me the times when Japan was artificially kept in Elite WC.
Do you mean Junior Club World Cup? I dont like idea if czech rep or Slovakia is represented by MHL team of respective country. The same Latvia, Belarus. On the other hand, does Latvia or Belarus better jr team? Slovakia, Czech rep is another story...tourney takes place 2nd edition, future can be another
I hope RA wins today! by getting Lisov and Zadorov back and finally playing a game with at least 3 pairs of d-man, team has looked better. It's pretty unthinkable, that a team played 5 d-men throughout most of the play offs and managed to make it to the finals!
Is reducing matches during regular season a good idea? what do you think? I look at J20 SuperElit schedule, swedes has also 46-50 games. What about CHL, Finns?
IMO the number of games is fine as it's the same (or even bit less) than CHL, J20 Superelit, USHL has... They should get rid of this play-out thing (with continuing the regular season for these clubs) and should rather make it like reverse play-off if they need that kind of thing... for bottom 8 teams to, say, in the series of best (worst) of 5 to decide 2 worst teams that leave the league....
I don't think people cared much about this play-out... it was just another bunch of games, usually even played without foreigners who were already back home (like both Dašutins from MVD and Bukarts from Latvia didn't play in these games...).
Also I don't know about this relegation thing as IMHO MHL-B level is much lower than MHL level at the moment so there's not much sense in it... Maybe MHL B level will increase with time but seeing how Dinamo Riga uses MHL B team as the farm club of HK Riga and other KHL teams probably do the same, I don't know....
MHL B newcomers: Dmitrov, Zaurale Kurgan, HK Ryazan, Buran Voronezh, HK Belgorod, Sputnik Nižniy Tagil
do you know which clubs they are affilated to?
btw. I think it's not necessarily bad thing for Czech hockey to have a club in MHL. Maybe HC Lev could add their team in the future too. It could convince some players not to leave for CHL too early as we see many of them are not ready when they leave.