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If there’s no NHL season, World Championships might be really awesome

Dec 27, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT

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One tournament that could get a huge lift from the lockout is the 2013 IIHF World Championships.

Worlds always occurs during the Stanley Cup playoffs, but if there’s no season and no Stanley Cup to be awarded thanks to the lockout, the tournament that’s usually second banana turns into hockey’s featured event of the season.

As Pierre LeBrun from ESPN.com found out, Hockey Canada is already preparing to load up for this year’s event in Sweden and Finland.

“Hockey Canada wants NHL hockey to start ASAP, but if there is no season, Canada will start preparation early to send the best players to Sweden for the men’s world championships,” Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson told ESPN.com via email Thursday.

This same situation happened back in 2005 and saw Jaromir Jagr and Dominik Hasek’s Czech Republic take out Martin Brodeur and Canada for gold.

Think about it though: Instead of players whose teams either missed the playoffs or got bounced in the first round, you get a load of well-rested and eager to compete superstars. Sign us up right now if we’re going to be boned out of an NHL season.

  1. husky2score - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Will it be televised in the States?

    • Joe Yerdon - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:47 PM

      Team USA games were picked up last year for TV. I’d imagine the same would happen regardless this time around.

  2. subliminalnoize - Dec 27, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    NHL Network if your covering the World Juniors, you absolutely need to broadcast this.

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:35 PM

      I’m not sure I’d want to watch it on the NHL network. I’d rather not see them make any more money.

  3. mountainmantride - Dec 27, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Oh please, at this stage of the idiotic “lockout” watching reruns of Dynasty would be fun. Come on people, this is a f&^king joke. Move on.

  4. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Mountain man what’s your point. Or issue.

    • mountainmantride - Dec 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      Damn, and you can’t read either.

  5. phipfwe76 - Dec 28, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Last year, NBC Sports had the rights to the IIHF’s and they only showed the USA games. hopefully they can pick up more this time.

  6. blomfeld - Dec 28, 2012 at 2:42 AM

    MISTER FEHR, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL !

    On the surface, that would undoubtedly be the logical thing for any casual hockey fan to be thinking right about now. However, as the savvy hockey fans which many of us are here at PHT, we know only too well that Donald Fehr is nothing more than a payed and compromised “patsy” who’s reading from a prepared script … and therefore there is scant need for us to be asking this idiot for anything. On the contrary friends, it’s now time for us to close ranks, be happy and get ready for Saturday, January 19th @ 1500 hrs EST ! :)

  7. fortwaynekomets - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    can’t wait_

    NhL can go fawk themselves in the butt

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