Vice president of IIHF Kalervo Kummola wants yearly NA vs EU match
In the match would play one team of northern american players vs one team of european players. Match would be played in na and eu with alternate years system.( Every second year you have home match)
"My idea is the get 10 years deal, where we have clear how and when NHL players participate to Olympics, return of World Cup and organization rhythm of WCS"
"My idea has got great reception in na, says Kummola"
"Ryder Cup(golf) is very popular event. In to hockey it would bring more interest in place of hoary NHL all star match"
I think it'd be awesome, but getting it to happen is going to be next to impossible. When would you have it where players you actually want to see square off are both available and willing? Preseason, perhaps, but I doubt the NHL would be keen on that and its potential for injuries, not to mention the travel.
This sounds pretty much exactly the same as the NA vs World all-star format the NHL tried a few years ago which I don't think many people found compelling. Besides what would the IIHF have to do with organizing something like this? I don't think there are any players who would make either team that aren't already in the NHL.
Getting NA players to go to the WHC is difficult enough. I do not see many of them hopping at the chance to play in an glorified All-Star game in Europe every second year. Perhaps if the Euro leagues could pay for all the insurance fees, family travel plans & nice lodgings, and add a significant prize money... then there may be limited interest among certain players. Good luck getting the big stars to attend.
Why all the negativity? If they could achieve that the players take it seriously and it doesn't end up like the all star game it could be absolutely awesome!
Why should any hockey fan be against one single additional game per year??
It would be a boring, non-contact friendly. Ryder Cup is cool, but it has over 80 years of history. Hockey already has its own established international competitions and I doubt anyone would care about this game. Seems just pointless.
I don't think he meant it like that, i think that he meant to have 2 teams play against each other, the other one would be an NHL all-star team and the other an All-star team with best players from all of the best European leagues. So it would basically be an all-star game that actually is interesting to watch, but would players at least from NHL take it seriously?
I would rather have watch hockey version of champions league where the very best teams of European leagues would play an play-off tournament with best NHL teams.