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Mike Babcock Has More Important Things To Do

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Mike Babcock says he'd never say no to Hockey Canada when the sport's national governing body comes asking for his help.

That's too bad. He should have said no this time. He should be devoting his time to the Maple Leafs.

The World Cup of Hockey is not the Olympics and it's not even a true World Cup. There are two teams that don't belong: That team of under-23s and a pan-European all-star squad.

Can you imagine soccer, rugby or cricket -- all with huge world cup tournaments -- operating like that? Telling, say, Asian countries you don't have a chance so let's put an all-star team of Chinese, Japanese and Koreans together. And instead of countries like Canada or Australia trying out, we'll invited the best Europeans under 23?

How ridiculous. Hockey's World Cup format is an embarrassment. No more than a cash-grab.

And winning it? It won't feel like the Olympics.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+babcock, team+canada


Primis's avatar

It’s freaking hilarious that this is now someone else’s problem to gripe about.

Posted by Primis on 11/06/15 at 11:24 AM ET


Posted by Primis on 11/06/15 at 10:24 AM ET


How’s the honeymoon, Mike?

Posted by captaineclectic on 11/06/15 at 11:54 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Aren’t the TO media special, Mikey??

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 11/06/15 at 12:04 PM ET

Tripwire32's avatar

Hockey’s World Cup format is an embarrassment. No more than a cash-grab.


Only correction I have is it’s the NHL’s World Cup, not hockey’s. There’s a difference.

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 11/06/15 at 03:54 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star says it is Babcock’s ego…

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/06/15 at 03:57 PM ET

MsRedWingFan's avatar

I bet he is so happy he signed with Torannna   cool hmm

Posted by MsRedWingFan from West Michgian on 11/06/15 at 11:45 PM ET

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