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Mark Streit A Man Without A Country At The World Cup

from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,

According to reports, the NHL and NHLPA are expected to announce the details Friday for the return of the World Cup of Hockey. Among those details is a new team of European All-Stars that would comprise of players who aren't from the Czech Republic, Russia, Finland or Sweden.

If Streit were selected, he'd be suiting up with players like Slovakians Tomas Tatar and Zdeno Chara, Solvenian-born Anze Kopitar and Norwegian Mats Zuccarello.

"I don't like it at all. Not one thing about it," Streit said. "It's a nations tournament. You love playing for your country."

The format of the new World Cup, which hasn't been played since 2004, is to have the European All-Star team, a North American "Young Guns" team comprised of players under 23 years old, Canada, the U.S. and the four aforementioned European nations.

"It's supposed to be the top eight (countries)," said Streit, who represented Switzerland in 12 World Championships. "For players, you want to play for your team. That's the whole purpose of it. I don't know. I don't like it at all. There's supposed to be the top eight. Go with that. Whoever's in is in; whoever's not is not. This is…I don't know."

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Hank1974's avatar

“It’s supposed to be the top eight (countries),” said Streit, who represented Switzerland in 12 World Championships. “For players, you want to play for your team. That’s the whole purpose of it.

LOL!!! Oh silly Streith! You think the point of this tournament is to see the top 8 nations competing in a hockey tournament??? HAHAHAHAHA!

This entire tourney is about money and promoting the NHL.
And they can’t promote their own players with countries that are filled mostly with players playing overseas.

Seriously though, I agree 100% with Streit. They should have 8 nations and none of this Euro All-Star or North American Young Guns teams. It’s bush-league, pure and simple.

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/23/15 at 11:14 AM ET

Bradley97's avatar

Seriously though, I agree 100% with Streit. They should have 8 nations and none of this Euro All-Star or North American Young Guns teams. It’s bush-league, pure and simple.

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/23/15 at 10:14 AM ET

Totally agree. Unfortunately your preceding points are the driving force behind the realization of the tournament.  Not only has the NHL destroyed the All-Star weekend, it has now destroyed the World Cup as well. So what would make the hat trick?  LOL

Posted by Bradley97 on 01/23/15 at 11:41 AM ET

Hank1974's avatar

So what would make the hat trick?

LOL, I’d say the Winter Classic by having a gazillion outdoor games each season now? wink

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/23/15 at 11:42 AM ET

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