JoeSchmoe Posted May 19 Report Share Posted May 19 (edited) Had this idea percolating in my brain for a while... Just thought I'd put it to paper here. Instead of an All-star game, you turn it into an international ladder style "tournament". 4 games back to back all day with the international teams, starting in Europe, finishing in North America. Set it up so that there's hockey all day long. Matchups go: 1 plays 2 3 plays 4 5 plays 6 7 plays 8. Win you move up a rung for next year, lose you move down. 8th team is hand selected by the league by some TBD criteria. Odd team plays at home. The risk is neither Canada or the US get a home game, so there could be a North American veto to ensure at least one game on home soil. Also, some of the smaller Euro teams might have to recruit a few players from outside the NHL, but NHL players get priority on the roster. 1st place team gets the Wayne Gretzky Trophy for being the league's all-time All-star and keeps home ice advantage in the championship game the next year. Picture a couple of silver 9's mounted on some Canadian maple... Possibly sourced from the Brantford homestead. The skills competition could be held with a virtual connection between the 4 rinks on the day before the ladder. The way I see it, the revenue potential is way up (quadruple), the player and fan interest would be way up, and getting Europe in on the NHL product would be a side benefit. Thoughts? Edited May 19 by JoeSchmoe Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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