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There are two parts Change the Olympic format to a 16 team single elimination tournament (essentially medal round only) NHL will host a six nation pre-Olympic “warm up” tournament in North America right before the games. (each team plays 3 games_details below) NHL participation in the Olympics provides exposure for hockey’s best players but interrupts the NHL season and has the potential to cause injuries. Not to mention the fact that the NHL and it’s players don’t see a dime for participating in the games. When the Winter Olympics are held outside of
The 2013 IIHF World Hockey Championship wrapped up a couple weeks ago in Sweden and Finland with this year’s winner being the host Sweden team. This year the tournament had its fair share of interesting story lines from the amazing place of the Switzerland team to France pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history. So, with the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games just around the corner there might be some early signs of what’s to come in Russia when the world’s elite will play for gold. Canada once again came up short in the quarterfinals, losing to host Sweden 3-2 in a shoot