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07:21 AM ET 09.11 | Call it a comeback? The World Cup of Hockey may re-enter the sports calendar sometime soon. The National Hockey League, as part of a greater three-year strategy to increase revenue, is considering a resurrection of the international tournament, according to a memo obtained by SportsBusiness Journal. The memo provided rough details on how the league hopes to make an extra $1 billion moving forward. Along with reviving the World Cup, which was last held in 2004 when Canada took down Finland in the final, the memo apparently mentioned the creation of another event called the Championships Cup. This fledging tournament would see the top clubs from Europe battle NHL teams for a single prize. The memo also noted the league's plan to expand its media, licensing and sponsorship presence.

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September 11, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Sounds like someone in the NHL office has been paying close attention to Euro Football (Soccer)

September 11, 2013  08:46 AM ET

great, more nonsense to distract from the season

September 11, 2013  09:14 AM ET
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great, more nonsense to distract from the season

I'll bet Hank is excited though!

September 11, 2013  09:26 AM ET
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I'll bet Hank is excited though!

Have you been counting his Viagra again Slappy.

September 11, 2013  09:36 AM ET
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Have you been counting his Viagra again Slappy.

Yeah but he stiffed me out the money for it!

September 11, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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Yeah but he stiffed me out the money for it!

Hard to believe an up-standing guy like Hank would do that.

September 11, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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Yeah but he stiffed me out the money for it!

can you make it stand up in court?

September 11, 2013  09:50 AM ET
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can you make it stand up in court?

That would be really hard. And now.............I give up! :-)

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September 11, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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I'll bet Hank is excited though!

Honestly? Seeing club teams play each other has more appeal than international love fests like the Limpics.

No matter what they do at the intenational "nations" level it will be a cheap immitation of the glory days that eneded with Mario beating the Soviets in '87 since everybody is a teammate more or less in league play. That can work in soccer where there is no real hate in the game but in hockey you need hate.

So at least if it's a club team you might get a little bit of anger. But what they really need is a multi game series like the NHL playoffs. So something done the last game can fester till they play the next game. That's where the real hate comes in.

September 11, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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That would be really hard. And now.............I give up! :-)

but a valiant effort my friend....

September 11, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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but a valiant effort my friend....

I concur. He dove in and grabbed it with both hands.

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September 11, 2013  10:34 AM ET
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I'd say there's a fair amount of hate in soccer and it works both with int'l players colliding when they return to their clubs, and the club players colliding at the int'l side.Case in point, Spain: For decades had more than enough talent to win the World Cup, but the players from Barca and Real despised each other and could never work together for the greater good until recently.

and the england/Portugal match did little to foster the friendship of messrs. Ronaldo and Rooney

September 11, 2013  10:34 AM ET
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I'd say there's a fair amount of hate in soccer and it works both with int'l players colliding when they return to their clubs, and the club players colliding at the int'l side.Case in point, Spain: For decades had more than enough talent to win the World Cup, but the players from Barca and Real despised each other and could never work together for the greater good until recently.

The physical nature of the game allows a different kind of hate in soccer, and they are used to playing one or 2 game "series". It's more of a petulant prissy hate in soccer. Hockey is a blood sport.

The NHL really only gets going good in game 3 of a 7 game series.

September 11, 2013  10:35 AM ET
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and the england/Portugal match did little to foster the friendship of messrs. Ronaldo and Rooney

Absolutely not what I mean. I could not care less if they don't exchange Xmas cards.....

September 11, 2013  10:41 AM ET
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The physical nature of the game allows a different kind of hate in soccer, and they are used to playing one or 2 game "series". It's more of a petulant prissy hate in soccer. Hockey is a blood sport.The NHL really only gets going good in game 3 of a 7 game series.

I'm with you on this one, Hank

September 11, 2013  10:53 AM ET
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The physical nature of the game allows a different kind of hate in soccer, and they are used to playing one or 2 game "series". It's more of a petulant prissy hate in soccer. Hockey is a blood sport.The NHL really only gets going good in game 3 of a 7 game series.

Petulant prissy hate is a great line Hank.

September 11, 2013  11:01 AM ET
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Petulant prissy hate is a great line Hank.

It is indeed. Compared to Hank............................Dickens was tongue-tied!

 
September 11, 2013  11:06 AM ET
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Dickens was tongue-tied!

Harry would like to tie tongues with Kim Dickens..... She was the Madame on Deadwood..... He's a big fan....

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