1) Not competing WC against SC is an excellent idea. I like the fact it's WC every year. It should stay that way, but then certain nations should send their best team. 2) It's only Olympics every fourth year. So many issues with the Olympics, but yeah, of course you should send a team that could win, when you have the possibility to do so. 3) Hockey was in the summer Olympics. Summer Olympics is even worse than winter Olympics. Summer olympics is so megalomaniac, putting hockey back in there: Do you want to drown? 4) WCoH _is_ a massive gimmick from my point of view in Europe at least. Why do you do this, just to show the world you don't like the other organizations? But you might be on to something. It may be the problem is it's not to _many_ national games, it's to _few_. 5) What, the IIHF has a tournament. The WC. But let's compare to soccer. The big thing with soccer is: there are massive qualifications rolling around up to that events. I don't know if people are aware of this in the USA, but the national qualifications pulls men out of their teams every month, around the season. The leagues stops play for a few days, and the biggest stars go to the national teams. Even if it is world championship only every fourth year, it's in peoples head. All the time. Perhaps USA would have been a bigger soccer-market if it had been harder for you to qualify. Also, it's the continental championships, the European Championship is considered just as prestigious as the World Championship, and it has the same rolling qualifications. I don't think you understand how much this makes football (as in Assosiation Football) own the water-cooler talk. With the EC every fourth year, and qualifications all the time, it is a massive event every second year. With rolling qualifications it is way, way more "important national-team games" in soccer than in hockey. Very much more. And everybody expects the leagues to let their players go, and everybody expects the biggest stars to yearn for it as the highest honour. The lack of the qualification-rounds makes hockey lose limelight. The fact it is every year instead of every second year (as in WC and EC combined) only partially makes up for this. Invite-only tournaments are just a gimmick. The reason why soccer is so massive, is because more nations wants to be in the championships proper than they can take, and the qualification-rounds are rolling around forever with league-tables presented onscreen in the media all the time. In fact, the qualification tables are like the regular season, and the real championships like playoffs (even if they also have a group-stage and play-off round...) By not adjusting the NHL to the one big tournament, you lose the possibility of getting limelight. Imagine what good runs in the IIHF-championships could have done for US hockey if you actually sent teams close to your real strength.