The WC was and is a great idea and treat for hockey fans everywhere, but has the time come to take this idea to the next level?
Of course I was excited, like everyone else, about Philly hosting this years WC. But at the end of the day I couldn't help but feel let down or disappointed . I know it would have been more satisfying with a Flyers win, but still I think the game had a little more talk and less action.
We all know the challenges of pulling off this event, warm weather, bad ice, stadium lighting, ect. which eventually lead to little action and mostly garbage goals. Which leads me to propose some new ideas to energize the game a little:
- Make the All Star game the Winter Classic game- This is a win/win in my book, brings back some life to the All Star and WInter Classic game. Also it's a little easier paying that big admission price when your getting to see the best players in world and not Mike Rupp scoring goals.
- Stanley Cup finals rematch at the WC- One thing the irritates me about the selection of teams in WC is based solely on popularity and regional location. Why not make it a privilege and reward to play in the WC? I wouldn't mind seeing Bruins vs. The Nucks this year, heck even make it a neutral site like the Super Bowl.
- Viewer choice game- Heck this game is supposed to be for the fans, so let the fans vote what teams they want to see in the game. Heck even let the fans vote where they want the game hosted!
In conclusion, I'm not bashing the Winter Classic , as a passionate hockey fan I'm just looking ways to continually improve the game and keep the anticipation of the game fresh.