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The NHL's (seemingly endless) centennial celebration has afforded us the opportunity for wacky predictions about the next 100 years of hockey. Rocket skates! Games on the moon! Jaromir Jagr plays into his third century! At Hampus Lindholm Authentic Jersey least a baker's dozen more lockouts!
Hockey Hall of Famer Yvan Cournoyer was asked recently for his own prediction and was more pragmatic. "The NHL is going to be in Europe," he said.
On its face, this makes too much sense. The makeup of the league is global, and the NHL in turn has a global brand. The games held everywhere from London to Helsinki to Beijing have always seemed like a harbinger of teams to come. And let's face it: There might be a finite number of revenue streams the NHL can tap into in North America, and it already has the faucets blasting on most of them. Bring on the http://www.authenticwashingtonnationals.com/Max-Scherzer-Jersey euros and rubles and yuan, right?
So when might the NHL look to expand to Europe, if only to make dear old Yvan Cournoyer happy?
"I think that's very far off, for a http://www.nflgiantsofficialonlinestore.com/GIANTS-EVAN-ENGRAM-JERSEY couple of reasons," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told ESPN on Wednesday, at a centennial event at the Paley Center For Media in New York. "One, obviously the logistics. Secondly, the infrastructure as far as arenas and facilities in Europe aren't the same as they are here. The economics of the game doesn't work the same way there as they do here."
This is true: The Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, where the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators played in November, seats 13,850. Hartwall Arena in Helsinki seats 13,506. Russia doesn't have a hockey arena that seats more than 13,000. Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg has the NHL's smallest capacity at 15,321.
But Bettman said that the size of the buildings is only one David Savard Womens Jersey consideration. It's also about who's currently using them.
"Perhaps most importantly, there Bradley Pinion Jersey are, in the major hockey countries, existing leagues. We're not looking to compete with them, or supplant them. We're looking to work with them to continue to grow the game. That said, we're going to work to grow the game in places like China, where there isn't a presence of hockey," Bettman said. "We're focused on our footprint in North America, and having a presence abroad."
(This is where you scream "WHAT ABOUT THE OLYMPICS?!" and I say "Don't blame the NHL, blame the IOC" and you scream "THE SAME NHL THAT'S USING OLYMPIC PARTICIPATION AS A BARGAINING CHIP IN THE NEXT CBA NEGOTIATIONS?!" and I say "Well, you got me there." Rinse, repeat.)
The NHL's presence abroad is bolstered by those international games, and could be bolstered further by international events. The next World Cup of Hockey's location hasn't been announced, but the hope is that there's an international host component to it. Then there's the long-gestating Ryder Cup-style event that many expect will supplant the NHL All-Star Game in some seasons.
"That's something that we're working on with the players' association. My feeling is that when we're in a place where we can announce the next World Cup, then we can discuss doing the Ryder Cup," Bettman said. "All of our international events we do Authentic Kyrie Irving Jersey jointly with the players' association, and we've been urging our colleagues to pick up the pace."
There was a time when I thought an NHL Europe league or even a division of teams was a near-future thing. But Bettman and the NHL clearly feel the return on investment, at this point, might not be worth it for a full-fledged team. Which is why we'll see all manner and sort of international events for the next decade to tap those revenue streams.
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