Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The World Championships, The Stanley Cups Neglected Relative

The World Championships take place every year during the last few rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, once again the games are underway in host country Slovakia. The World Champioships prove every year to be a sub par version of the Olympics where the rosters are made up of players from teams that did not make the Stanley Cup Playoffs and choose to come if selected.

Why have it? The event has very little star power through out all of the rosters, seriously if Cal Clutterbuck is on team Canada that shows the talent selected to participate in this tournament. Not that the players selected are no good, but most are not the top line elite players that we see in the Olympics. However, there are some big names scattered through out the tournament like Rick Nash, Jaromir Jagr, and Ilya Kovalchuk but many big name players choose to pass up the tournament and focus on resting up during the NHL off season.

This can be a good experience for the younger skaters like Jeff Skinner, Evander Kane, and Mikhail Grabovski to stay on their skates for a few more weeks and gain some more experiense with some of the best players in the game. But other than that people will not change the channel from the game seven overtime thrillers, or the series prolonging saves that make the Stanley Cup Playoffs until the cup has been lifted and the beards have been shaven.

Perhaps the tournament is put on to give some of the usual Olympic under dogs a chance to win on a big somewhat big stage. Who knows maybe the annual national tournament will pick up some credibility and more of a following in the next few years, with channels like Versus showing more of the tournament action. Until then the World Championships will remain somewhat of a neglected ugly twin to the Stanley Cup that never really gets is spot in the lime light.

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