quote:1- The World Cup is the succesor of the legendary Canada Cup. Most arguably the most important and most prestigious Ice hockey international tournaments. The problem is that this tournament is a NHL/NHLPA tournament, while the traditional world championships tournaments are under the international federation IIHF. so it´s open for the top NHL players and the games are played under NHL rules (there many different rules between NHL and IIHF, btw to explain a bit for example the olympics are playing with the IIHF rules). Since NHL want to remain in their (NHL is the best etc...bubble) the tournament remains invitational for countries with the higher amount of players in the NHL. Thats the reason why some countries like SVK, SUI or GER unfortunately weren´t invited - there some rumors first to made such qualifications for the last 2 tickets, but mainly because of lack of time, the NHL lords decided to creat such mixed teams. Team Europe with the best european players from all other european countries behind the top 4 SWE, RUS, FIN and CZE, and the 8th a specis Team North America of Canadian and USA players under 24 years old.
It´s the first time they did it. You can see the previous winners in the first page.
2- I rank it very very high. For me Canada Cup and now World Cup was something like the top of the international Hockey. I am born in a country where the biggest majority of kids have one dream. to play the NHL and win the Stanley Cup. because only the best of the best play in this league, so if you have those players and put them under their national teams you automatically have the best of the best international tournaments. so for me World Cup is the 1st place in international matches tournament. The olympics are extremey prestigious too and I personally rank them plus/minus in the same level. The world champs are for me the number 3.
3- Team Europe is from countries which have not so many "top" players in the NHL that they can´t be invited with a full team, so thats why some slovaks, germans, Danes, Swiss, Slovenian, French, Norwegian and Austrian play against SWE, RUS, FIN and CZE. And team North Americs is a team of the top under 24 years players from Canada and USA from NHL, thats why they play against "normal" CAN and USA team
Ik denk dat hij licht sarcastisch was.quote:
mijn ogen zoeken afleiding om de afgang van PSV niet te moeten kijkenquote:
Nou nou, niet onze held Frank aan gaan vallen he.quote:
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Eurosport vanaf 19.30u vanavond .quote:
Volgens mij stuurt bijna alles een B-ploegquote: