No More World Cup Of Hockey?

The world’s best hockey players may not compete again until 2010 in Vancouver since there are no plans to hold a World Cup Of Hockey in 2008.

”Frankly, I’m doubtful (holding a World Cup) is something we’ll do,” Ted Saskin, the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, said Friday. ”Although we will evaluate everything after these Games.”

Some of you might be saying, well what about the IIHF tournament each year?This tournament only

recruits players who aren’t in the playoffs at that time, while the World Cup happens after the playoffs, so the best players can participate, plus the World Cup happens every 4 years.

”Our sense is that every two years is frankly too much to be organizing these kinds of events in terms of the demands on the players,” Saskin said.

The Canada Cup was held in 1976, ’81, ’84, ’87 and ’91 before changing to the World Cup in ’96. This looks like it could be the end for the World Cup. Look at the bright side. The last World Cup

championship will forever stay with its rightful owner, the country of Canada.

20 Responses to No More World Cup Of Hockey?

  1. kicksave856 says:

    I liked ’96

  2. JannettyTheRocker says:

    I really like these International Hockey Tournaments, and it’s sad to see that the World Cup Of Hockey will be discontinued…………..But let’s be serious. It’s in the best interest of the NHL, and will keep our NHL players healthier. We still have Olympics, World Championships, NHL Allstar games, and of course, NHL hockey (including NHL playoffs). So, there is still enough hockey to go around, as long as there isn’t another NHL lockout……….That lockout really sucked.

    Let’s face facts, these international tournaments are all NHL players anyways (minus a few exceptions). It’s not like we’re gonna miss seeing the stars of another country, because they all play in the NHL anyways.

  3. kicksave856 says:

    I actually like the WC better than the Olympics because it’s the same idea – playing for your country, trying your best to represent them and win them a hockey championship – but it isn’t played during the season, and I don’t have to sit through an intermission that is dedicated to talking about a cross country skiing event instead of hockey.

    I think it’s a big difference that you don’t have to worry about a player taking a shot off the inside of his foot on Thurday, hopping on a plane on Friday, and starting the tournament on Saturday limping around at 50 percent. Also, if you sell out trying to help your team out and block a shot off your forehead or whatever, you have the offseason to get healthy before you go back to playing for your NHL team.

    I don’t know. I like the Olympics, but watching the WC always seemed more interesting to me because it was all hockey, all the time.

    I haven’t had a good experience watching the Olympics since that year that Ray LeBlanc (who?) was the goalie for the US.

    While we’re on the subject, this US team has played much better (without any results) than anyone thought they would. They had that tie in the first game and it seemed like the same lethargic US hockey team had showed up from the “hotel room” team. I was looking around for those dinosaurs, thinking I was in some sort of time warp. But since that first game, they’ve played well, stayed right with good talented teams, and just haven’t gotten any bounces. They’re winning faceoffs, playing hard, and don’t seem as slow as everyone thought they would look compared to these other nations on this bigger ice. They aren’t going anywhere (losing another close on right now to Sweden with a few minutes left), but they played much better than I (and most other people who’s opinions I heard or read) had anticipated. I’m not disappointed in them at all because I had pretty low expectations for this team. They’ve played pretty well so far.

  4. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    i would say leave it and do non nhl players. anyone from juniors to players in european leagues. gives the fans a chance to see what they are missing.

  5. Neely4Life says:

    Worlds are held every year, Olympics are where everyone really wants to shine now. They didnt have the Olympics when the Canada Cup, and the first World Cup were played. They best used to play every 4 years anyways, and they do again, its just at the Olympics. Good call on no World Cup, the Worlds and the Olympics are fine, you dont wanna make playin for your country a chore. Let it be an honour.

  6. intothevoid001 says:

    i especially hate watching a hockey game and having the cbc switch to figure skating and NOT SWITCHING BACK TIL 7 MNUTES INTO THE THIRD.

    lucky for me i have tsn and they picked it up but what a pain in the ass

  7. Neely4Life says:

    life is tough.

  8. Flyer_Dman says:

    It’s not held after the playoffs, it’s held before the preseason.

  9. Neely4Life says:

    chicken n the egg i guess.

  10. kicksave856 says:

    as long as it isn’t DURING the season!

  11. kicksave856 says:

    hey, who’s this nitty guy?

    just kidding. i’m a flyers fan.

  12. Marky2Fresh says:

    Damn now I don’t get to watch the Swiss take out the Canadians again lololololololol

  13. rojoke says:

    I’d rather see the World Cup of Hockey continue as the tournament NHL players participate in. We’ve seen a number of marquee players beg off for this one because they were nursing injuries, and the two-week shutdown isn’t exactly conducive to marketing and attracting new fans.

    Here’s a scenario I’d like to see. Make the Olympic tournament an age-limit tournament, say under-25. Have Hockey Canada re-start the national team program on a full-time basis, with financial contributions from the World Junior Championships, the three major junior leagues, and the NHL and AHL. There’s a number of tournaments held in Europe every season which would allow them to get a high quality of competition. NHL teams could assign ceratin prospects to the national team for a year, if the players agreed, during Olympic years. It would be a great development program for undrafted players and unsigned free agents to showcase their abilities at a higher level than junior hockey.

  14. rojoke says:

    The All-Star Game? You’re kidding, right? It may be the best of the all-star games in the big four, but the prettiest pile of crap is still a pile of crap. It resembles nothing of an actual NHL game. The last time a guy threw a check, he apologized for it afterwards. The Skills Competition is the only thing worth watching, and the only thing the ACTUAL fans might get to see.

  15. Neely4Life says:

    Make hockey a summer olympic sport seeing as the WC is played in the summer. This would be a major draw, and it wouldnt effect n e of the players for the playoffs, and it wont hurt their regualr seaons either.

  16. Neely4Life says:

    Put hockey into the summer Olympics, u kill 2 birds with one stone. Basketball is played all winter long, and is in the summer games, hockey can be just as sucessful.

  17. tacitus says:

    i wonder if Staal, Crosby and Spezza will be good enough for Canada then?? Prolly not they can always call Lemieux, Yzerman and Messier outta retirement cuz they are proven winners that year

  18. Flyers70 says:

    Went to the World Cup in ’96 and absolutely loved it. There was real animosity in those games. The Olympics should go back to amateur status. Furthermore, they should consider an age limit for ice hockey (and basketball, for that matter) because it can be played professionally in the various European countries.

  19. NjDEVSFN says:

    what sissies.

    European football plays year round, World Cup in 2006, Euro(national teams)2008, the Champions League(best teams throughout Europe), UEFA Cup (just below the best teams throughout Europe), in England there is the FA Cup (EVERY recognized team in England).

    Therefore, take Liverpool. They won the Champions League in 2005. They are in the FA Cup. They have national representatives that will play in the World Cup 2006 and Euro 2008.

    Cut 6 games out of the NHL schedule and you can hold the World Cup every 4 years between Olympic years.

  20. rojoke says:

    Don’t take this personally, but that is the dumbest idea I’ve heard, and I’ve heard it least one other place. Here’s why it won’t work.

    1. You’ll never get players to play then. Guys are coming off of a 100+ games season, then they get a couple of weeks off, then have to go back to training camp, play two weeks of high-intensity (more about that later) hockey, then rest for another month before NHL camps open up again. Yeah it’s every four years, but it still don’t make sense.

    2. It would be not only out of place, but would take a back seat to too many other sports. The game is a winter sport, so to put it in the Summer Games isn’t going to help with marketing or the level of play. You’d have a hard time getting a consistent quality sheet of ice in July or August, when the Summer Games are usually held. At the Summer Games, track and field is the star attraction, followed by swimming and diving and gymnastics. Hockey is the star attraction at the Winter Games along with figure skating, speed skating and luge/bobsleigh (in North America).

    3. You’d have a pretty difficult time selling it to fans, especially those who were new to the sport. Do you want to sit and watch 40 guys in full padding, in a rather chilly building, in mid-summer weather? People think it’s odd enough to have hockey in December in Florida, imagine having hockey in mid-July in Mexico City. Looking at some of the more recent Summer Games cities, like Atlanta and Barcelona, you’re looking at high humidity climates at the time they held their games. You’d be lucky to get a Dallas-in-April quality sheet of ice, on your best day. It’s just not going to give you a world-class tournament, as a spectator or a player.

    The bottom line is that the NHL, and more specifically the NHL players, are going to have to decide whether or not the whole Olympic experience is worth it. It’s not growing the game any, from what I’ve seen, and by the quality of players not there, there’s some question as to whether ot not the players even want to be there. They could always go to the World Cup every four years without interrupting the regular season schedule, or better still, start a Champions League-type tournament every four years, in September.

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