For the past five seasons, the NHL has had a handful of their clubs start in Europe to promote the sport in "Premiere Games" against European clubs. The Rangers have been called upon in some instances to be one of those teams, including a European tour last season while MSG was amidst renovations.
According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post in today's Slap Shots column, the NHL season starting in Europe will be scrapped starting next year and talks on developing new international ideas will take place in the future.
Brooks mentions some of the possibilities:
Those discussions would include reviving the World Cup of Hockey as a midseason tournament to be played every four years between Olympics, thus guaranteeing a defined cycle of international best-on-best competition with which to showcase the sport.
Along with how the NHL could maximize revenues by doing an international tournament midseason rather than in the preseason:
A World Cup played in North America’s largest media markets — with the Finals at the Garden, naturally — during the two-week down time in the pro sports calendar immediately following the Super Bowl would be a smash hit for the sport and the NHL.
- I was never a fan of the NHL starting the season in Europe. However, I am a fan of whatever grows the sport into a more globally recognized operation. A World Cup of Hockey? Bring it.
- It'll be a tall order to convince the NHLPA its best to halt the season to do a tournament, even though it sounds like its the only time an event of that magnitude would make any sense.
- Look at baseball and arguments against the World Baseball Classic being played in March. Teams are afraid to send their best players because of the possibility of injury. A similar case in the NHL can and most likely will be made.
Why start the season in Europe? Why not have a Super Series at the end of the season? The fact that the NHL and the KHL don't get along is completely stupid. Hockey is the least popular sport. Support eachother and maybe the sport will grow. There should still be a Super Series, and the fact that there's not just shows how thick both leagues egos are.
The NHL already screwed Europe on a tv deal, this will just strengthen support for the khl which will make playing in Russia more attractive... you'd get better crowds at NHL games in Europe than in pheonix...
No I hate the olympics being midseason, all it brings is injuries... now we are going to have another tournament midseason. I can deal with one, but all it does is bring injuries, and break up chemistry
Funny thing about the Europe starts are look at the teams who played in them:
2011-2012: LA Kings
2010-2011: Boston Bruins
2009-2010: Chicago Blackhawks
2008-2009: Pittsburgh Penguins
Guess who won the Stanley cup each year?? It may sound like a disadvantage to start in Europe but maybe it is worth the team chemistry it builds.
Are they suggesting interrupting the season every other year for the olympics and for the world cup? That's nuts. They should have the olympics be a U20 tournament and take the place of the world juniors in olympic years. Have the world cup every four, and interrupt the season if you have to, but I thought it was fine in september.
@TheNYRBlog last 4 Cup winners all started there
@TheNYRBlog rangers fan from germany...i care!!!
I you live in Europe I can completely see how you'd be disappointed by this. But for me, eh, I'd rather the Rangers have a regular training camp and preseason. Which obviously doesn't make much sense considering how well the team played last season after starting in Europe.
Good. After the lockout the NHL should be doing everything in their power to stabilize the game in North America. This is a good start.
@TheNYRBlog i do!
Even tho i completly understand the negative impacts of playing in europe, but with these "starter" games for fans like me, who live in europe and dont have the ability to go overseas and watch their favourite team. It's a once in a lifetime experience.
I was lucky enough to get to watch the rangers for the first time in my life at the premiere in 2011 in Stockholm.
And it was something i will never forget, i have the ticket pasted on my fridge still 2 years later.
Will i be able to go overseas someday to watch them in the garden, maybe if i save enough.
Might feel like a sure thing for ppl in the US to have watched them live as a fan, but for a guy like me, who has been a ranger fan for 20 years and just recently got to watch them live, priceless.
I think the NHL starters in europe was great.
@TheNYRBlog A lot of people over here do mate. Wake up.
@TheNYRBlog I care! I want the Rangers in UK so I can see them live!
@TheNYRBlog Umm... European NHL fans? ;)
@Stu That is crazy.
@cb1 Hate the season being interrupted.
@JJSanti21 That is such a wacky stat.
@SteffenWagner I guess I would if I was a Rangers fans living in Europe as well.
@KevinDeLury Well, I kinda hate you now Kevin ;)
@BDarkrider I guess if I lived in Europe I'd want it also.
@matte54 ditto, went to stockholm from Belgium (which is not so nearby) just to see them! Next they come to europe I will plan another citytrip to go see them wherever they play! And about the World Cup. It's possible in football (soccer), and no one complains about it. It's even one of the biggest sport events in the world next to the summer olympics..
@Jbones72 I'd rather neither.
@mikjo344 Eh, I could do without it. But I could obviously see why you want it.
@John7Kennedy Oh yeah, forgot about you Rangers fans on the other side of the pond. lol
@edvinlofgren LOL! My bad Edvin.
@TheNYRBlog exactly! loved it when the NHL came to berlin in 2011 they need to get back here asap imo
@matte54 sorry for the poor grammar. Late & tired ;)
@TheNYRBlog me too actually, the Olympics is enough, I like watching that.
@TheNYRBlog Just want to let you know there's a dedicated fan base over here in Europe as well. We would love to get involved more.
@TheNYRBlog Yeah, many of the Swedish news reporters I follow here on twitter was disappointed when the news broke.
@TheNYRBlog Am trying to save the funds to get over next season, but NY is not a cheap place to go!
@TheNYRBlog Yes, and also a rare chance for fans to catch a live NHL game.
@mikjo344 I'm sure they were. Obviously an awesome opportunity for them to cover the NHL.