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Winter Olympics deal just start of NHL's European plans

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11:03 AM ET 07.21 | The fifth straight trip to the Olympic Games for NHLers will only be the start of an expanded calendar of international events across the sport. The rebirth of the World Cup tournament for 2015 is also on the horizon, as are expanded forays into Europe by the NHL. Those will include more regular-season games on that continent along with the expansion of the Victoria Cup concept, which pits NHL teams against the champions of European leagues. In fact, the NHL is so committed to growing its product internationally that it plans to open a staffed European office by the end of 2013, according to a source. These are exciting times for those who love international hockey. The contentious labour negotiations last year also included a hint of what was to come. NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr repeatedly mentioned the need to explore more opportunities in Europe and the new collective bargaining agreement mandates that every NHL team must make at least one trip overseas before it expires.

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July 21, 2013  11:17 AM ET

And while yer at it, bring back the Canada Cup!!!!!

July 21, 2013  12:07 PM ET

Winter Olympics deal just start of NHL's European plans

I'm calling Bolshoy on this.

July 21, 2013  02:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And while yer at it, bring back the Canada Cup!!!!!

And .... kill the instigator rule!

July 21, 2013  02:22 PM ET
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Winter Olympics deal just start of NHL's European plans
I'm calling Bolshoy on this.

The Bolsheviks might be more a bit more imposing than men in tutus.

July 22, 2013  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

bring back the Canada Cup!!!!!

Bingo.

Every 4th September.

Don't need no stinking Limpics, making endless seasons even longer.......

 
July 22, 2013  12:31 PM ET

If every team has to go over once , can my Flames go to the Swedish league for all of next year to improve the wins total ?

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