Thursday, January 29, 2015

How NHL + IIHF cleverly fix Hockey without borders


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The fact is: With about 1 million licensed Ice Hockey players in North America - not too many are able to play in the Ice Hockey world Cup 2016 on either Team Canada or Team USA.

The next fact is: With several utterly good players from countries like Switzerland, Denmark and Germany (etc) from Europe they belong to nations not always good enough to toss up fully competitive national teams.

For the World Cup 2016 in Ice Hockey - this has been fixed - with a solution where the organizer does not blindly look at nations. So they have created 2 extra teams: One mixed extra American team and one Mixed European team.

We here call this Ice Hockey without borders - and we think this is brilliant!

Read here and grasp the scoop http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=750155

We say - Floorball can do something similar and follow this lead as another action in a strive we call Floorball without borders...

In Floorball we know that many Swedes, Czech, Swiss and Finns (for instance) are good enough to play among the best at a WFC. Can we not let a couple of extra teams from these areas participate just like Ice Hockey will show is possible?
And on the other end of the spectrum - should there not be a few extra teams with the best players - from the nations not good enough to sport full teams to play in a WFC?

This would:
A) make the WFC more competitive and exciting with more leveled teams
B) It would increase the level of Floorball being played at a WFC
C) It would make it more attractive and a bit harder for some nations to participate in the final WFC round..

It takes just some serious thinking on how to organize it all - but a good thing would be if all extra teams are cross-border teams - just like in Hockey so we do not end up with a second Team Sweden - for instance.

What do you think about this?
We like ourselves Floorball without borders here - but Ice Hockey seems to lead the way ;-D

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