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toby91_ca

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In Topic: crazy hockey dad

27 January 2015 - 04:44 PM

Apparently, the guy is the father of the girl that was on the ice (kicking)


In Topic: 2016 World Cup of Hockey

27 January 2015 - 03:23 PM

What areas of the game does holding a World Cup of Hockey tournament diminish?


In Topic: 2016 World Cup of Hockey

27 January 2015 - 09:48 AM

I like it when it's the best on best.....other than that, I don't care if it's in the Olympics or some other tournament.  Why are some people so fixated on needing the NHL players in the Olympics?  As long as there is an international tournament that has the best playing the best, then that's all I care about.

 

I must admit though, being Canadian, I probably have a different perspective.  For all my life....pre-2002, the best Canadian players never played in the Olympics....I didn't care at all about watching the Olympics.  I loved the Canada Cups though.  For Europeans, it's probably different as the best players did play in the Olympics. 

 

Chelios was on the radio this morning and he mentioned that the best players were always at the Olympics, but not necessarily at the World Cup.  It didn't make a lot of sense to me since there has basically been no history.  NHL players started going to the Olympics in 1998 and there has only been 1 world cup tournament since then.

 

Anyway....as I said, as long as it's best on best, I don't care, but from an NHL perspective, it makes a whole lot more sense to have the World Cup where they are in control, it's played in North America and it's played in September vs. shutting the league down in the middle of the season.


In Topic: Greatest US-born NHLer of all time?

27 January 2015 - 09:37 AM

I think LaFontaine and Mullen deserve more love.


In Topic: Greatest US-born NHLer of all time?

26 January 2015 - 03:53 PM

It always bothered me that Hull played for the US.  I've always wondered why he really did that.  He spent a few years in Chicago as a very young child, but he was born in Canada and spent almost all of his life in Canada before going to play college hockey as a 20 year old.  What I've always believed is that Canada didn't take him and he was annoyed, so went and played for Team USA simply because he could (dual citizenship due to his American mother....who hadn't lived in the US for many years).  The reason I had been bothered is that I thought....if you weren't good enough to play for your country, suck it up, don't go play for a different country, that's more like playing for yourself than your country.

 

I also wonder if it has something to do with the messy divorce of his parents.  He went and lived with his mother in Vancouver and didn't maintain a lot of contact with Bobby.  I wonder if part of it is going to play for the US (for his mother) as a bit of a dig against his dad (Canadian).  A bit far fetched...I know.