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The World Cup...with 2 all star teams.

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It doesn't really seem like a true world cup when you add in all star teams.....having said that, I'd love to see this pan out.

Pierre Lebrun:

A European All-Star team could see a forward group including: Anze
Kopitar (Slovenia), Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner (Austria), Marian
Hossa, Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco (Slovakia), Nino Niederreiter
(Switzerland), Mats Zuccarello (Norway), Mikkel Boedker and Frans
Nielsen (Denmark), Zemgus Girgensons (Latvia), Mikhail Grabovski
(Belarus) amongst others. The defence corps could see the likes of Zdeno
Chara, Andrej Sekera and Andrej Meszaros (Slovakia), Dennis Seidenberg
and Christian Ehrhoff (Germany), Roman Josi and Mark Streit
(Switzerland) while the goaltenders could include Jaroslav Halak
(Slovakia), Jonas Hiller (Switzerland) and Frederik Andersen (Denmark).

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/world-cup-of-hockey-to-make-dramatic-changes/

TORONTO — The parties discussing the revamped World Cup of Hockey
are prepared to make some dramatic changes to the tournament format,
Sportsnet has learned.


The eight-team event is now expected to include two all-star
entries along with the top six hockey nations — Canada, U.S., Sweden,
Finland, Russia and Czech Republic — when it returns in September 2016,
according to multiple sources.


The first all-star team is expected to feature the best players
from the remaining European countries: Slovakia, Switzerland, Latvia,
Germany and Slovenia, among them.


The makeup of the other mixed squad is still to be determined,
although one idea being considered is bringing together all of the top
young stars in the sport.


Organizers looked at staging a pre-tournament qualifier to
determine the final two spots, but don’t believe there is time to pull
everything together. They also like the idea of doing something
different than the World Cups and Canada Cups of the past and think that
adding all-star teams will make for a more competitive event.




When the World Cup was last held in 2004, eight nations contested
the tournament — Slovakia and Germany joined the top six — with games
played in seven cities spread across two continents.


As previously reported by Sportsnet,
the 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be staged in Toronto. There had been
some discussion about playing a handful of games in Montreal as well,
but two sources indicated that the idea has since been abandoned.


Officials from the NHL, NHLPA and International Ice Hockey
Federation met in Toronto before Monday’s Hockey Hall of Fame induction
ceremony to discuss the tournament. A formal announcement is believed to
be getting closer.


NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier in the day that a
return to the 2018 Olympics isn’t yet on the table because the World Cup
has “been getting all of our attention.”


The revenue from the event — which could be as much as $100
million, according to a source — would be split evenly between players
and owners.


There are other logistical advantages that they don’t enjoy at the Olympics as well.


“We control the time of the games and it’s in North America for
prime-time viewing and all of those things,” said Mathieu Schneider, the
NHLPA’s special assistant to Don Fehr. “We can accommodate the guys
much better than travelling around the world in the middle of the
season.”


The playing format for the 2016 World Cup will include a round robin, playoffs and a best-of-three final.

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I would like to see the classic Canada Cup format with six teams. Single round robin schedule, then semi-finals (1st vs 4th). This won't happen I am afraid.

And make it biennial (in the odd-numbered year) please!

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the old canada cup format was awesome indeed. '87 was an awesome tourney.

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the old canada cup format was awesome indeed. '87 was an awesome tourney.

To me the greatest hockey playoff or series will always be the 1996 World Cup

Canada vs USA with following teams:

Def:

Rob Blake

Paul Coffey

Eric Desjardins

Adam Foote

Ed Jovanovski

Scott Niedermayer

Scott Stevens

Sylvain Cote

With Cote and Jovanovski being the odd men out

Forwards:

Gretzky

Yzerman

Fleury

Shanahan

Messier

Lindros

Graves

Damphousse

Brind'Amour

Sakic

Lindon

Primeau

Verbeek

Claude Lemieux

With mostly Primeau and Verbeek odd men out

Goalies were

Joseph, Brodeur, and Ranford with CuJo being the #1 goalie

VS team USA

Def:

Leetch

Gary Suter

Matt Schneider

Housley

Kevin Hatcher

Derian Hatcher

Chelios

Shawn Chambers

Housley and Chambers not playing (think Housley got hurt but can't remember)

Forwards:

Hull

Lafontaine

LeClair

Modano

Tkachuk

D. Weight

A. Deadmarsh

Guerin

Joel Otto

Bryan Smolinski

Scott Young

Steve Konowalchuk

Shawn McEachern

Brian Rolston

With McEachern & Rolston sitting mostly

Goalies:

Mike Richter (series MVP) Guy Hebert and Jim Carey

I have this 3 game series recorded and it's still fun to watch almost 20 years later

This series had it all and I mean all.

From Lindros cross checking Tkachuk in the back of the neck to Hull getting boo'd by Montreal fans but still crushing the fans' hearts by tying game 3, 2-2 with 3:18 left in the 3rd.

The entire series was end to end action and phenomenal saves by both Cujo & Richter.

has a lot of the highlights.

I still get chills watching Amonte scoring in game 3 to go up 3-2. That series really was USA's coming out party in the world of Hockey.

I don't know which was more fun, seeing the bench of USA going bonkers after going up 3-2 or seeing Lindros in utter shock and disbelief. (only because I hated Lindros with an extreme passion) :)

I reccommend any fan of hockey to watch this series if possible. It's mean, dirty, and chocked full of extreme hits, skill and speed.

Edited by Sicarius

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Wow, Gretzky missed that shot from the sweet pass by Coffey! Thanks for sharing Sicarius.

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Lots of HOF'ers on those two teams. All 3 games were insanely intense. The games were dirty on both sides. I never knew if Tkachuk got Lindros back for that slash on the back of his neck but that was the sort of player Lindros was. Lindros was extremely skilled and huge. He could have played the game right and had a very long career (maybe).

I hated Lindros not only because of how dirty he was but he was on both sides of the spectrum. He took dives all the time. There's a classic Lindros dive in game 1 of this series. Right as the whistle blows Chelios is moving is stick to the other side of his body and the blade barely and I'm talking barely touches Lindros. He pauses for a second and falls to the ice like a sack of potatoes. It's just classic Lindros.

Anyway, I've said it before, for whatever reason karma usually catches up to hockey players. Stevens' hit on Lindros basically ended his career. Little ironic they were team-mates for Canada.

But all 3 games are iconic. Just a hell of a series.

Game 1 highlights:

& game 1 OT goal was on a off-sides play but Canada definitely deserved the win

& here's game 2 highlights:

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