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Bring Back The Amateurs

from John Keating of FoxSports Detroit,

Vancouver is the fourth Olympiad that has held a hockey tournament of NHL players. It should be the last.

What are we proving here? This is a league that has determined that the only fair, or really possible way, to determine a championship is to play a seven-game series and that each of those games will go to overtime, if needed. 

Yet, what we have here is “The Hot Goalie Open.” A one-and-done collection of All-Star Games. For the right to determine the best on the planet, we allot the teams a grand total of one practice together and then it’s game-on.

The Miracle on Ice team of Herb Brooks was a once in a lifetime fluke. But they played together for seven months. Their opponents were likely together for longer than that.  But how novel that a team competition was actually played by, ya know, teams.

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  Tags: winter+oiympics

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