Another World Cup? No thanks
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Glad to hear the 2011 World Cup of Hockey is apparently on.
Remember the 2004 World Cup? Yep, that was held right before the NHL and NHLPA went to war and ultimately wrecked the entire 2004-05 season. The funds raised from the ’04 World Cup helped the two sides wage labour war, and thus those fans who supported the tournament actually ended up feeding the fight that deprived them of the sport for a year.
Now they’re talking about a 2011 tournament, which would take place – you guessed it – right before the current CBA expires, assuming the players do as everyone expects and don’t re-open the arrangement beforehand.
Already, both sides are girding for another protracted fight, and so are more than willing to stage another World Cup to raise funds for that very purpose. The players are growing increasingly unhappy with giving back chunks of money in escrow funds every year, while the owners are already talking about another rollback in salaries, and you can bet some among the NHL ranks will be looking to kill guaranteed contracts.
So why would any hockey fan help these people kill off another season by supporting the 2011 World Cup?
It’s an international event that really only means something in Canada – sort of like the world juniors – and one that has no predictability in terms of when it will pop up on the hockey landscape. It’s the bastard child of the old Canada Cup, and an event that’s nowhere near as meaningful as the Olympics.
So be excited about another World Cup if you want. Not me.