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Do You Want An Annual Break In February?

from Andrew Podnieks and Martin Merks of IIHF.com,

What he proposes is an annual break every February. His proposal of a four-year cycle is not unlike what Donald Fehr discussed casually of his own opinion with differences when it comes to NHL participation.

Kurbatov believes February should always be the break for Olympic Winter Games and also for World Championships that should only be held in non-Olympic years. But to make this successful from the sporting view it would need an NHL break every year.

“We know the National Hockey League has been willing to take a break in February for the Olympics in the past,” he said, “and we hope that they would be ready take the next step and take a break every year for all these events. It’s possible to discuss with the NHL to have an annual break in February in future.”


I don’t see too much support from this on the NHL side.  Sending players to the World Championships in February will never fly.

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maybe a 2 week break for the East, followed by a 2 week break for the West.  That would give the players a break, and also allow the fans to continue to watch hockey.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 06/14/12 at 02:33 PM ET


Would make more sense to kick off the season with the Worlds since the NHL doesn’t draw well in October, November and December. A pre-season tournament may add a tournament to bring a spotlight to NHL players and use that as an excuse to dump the All-Star game later in the year.  I doubt there would even be enough incentive to do this either from an NHL standpoint.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/14/12 at 02:35 PM ET


I’d be ok with that, it would help the sport.

One of the 23000 reasons soccer is so huge is the number of international competitions (every two years you’ll get World Cup or EuroCup, with America’s Cup or Confederations Cup in between).

Of course, there’s the fact that soccer follows the same rules everywhere, and no national federation is bigger than FIFA.

Posted by Herm from the office on 06/14/12 at 03:10 PM ET


no national federation is bigger than FIFA.

and herein lies the problem. Why am I more comforted by the guys that run the NHL than the criminals that run the IIHF?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 06/14/12 at 03:33 PM ET


If the NHL was smart they’d shorten the season to 60 or 65 games, get in a profit sharing deal with the IIHF and the Olympics (good luck) and take the Feb. break for World Championships and Olympics. I think national teams competition would really help the growth of the game as Herm said as well as break up the grind of the regular season and allow the playoffs to end before June.

Posted by vansteve on 06/14/12 at 08:53 PM ET

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