Hey I love the tournament personally I was cheering hard for Canada to win. This isnt a knock on the tournament itself but about the vibe it gets from NHL stars. Crosby as a rookie played in it, but its safe to say he'll never play in it again. I believe Gretzky never played in it after 1982 either. Mario either after 1985 and he had ample chances to do so. So does it have a rep as a tournament that losers/non playoff guys go to? Or up and comers? Is it kind of like being an A-list celebrity and in order to get to that A-list level you have to go to a few B-list parties first. But once you're a Brad Pitt type of guy you dont go to stuff like that anymore. Just look at the lineups of the rosters. Heatley went before the days when he was getting 50 goals. Shane Doan goes but he's not a superstar and he cant even remember when the last time he was in the playoffs. Ryan Smyth will go no matter what but on some teams he's not even a 1st line left winger and most of his career has consisted of not going any further than the 1st round. So is the Worlds kind of like that? Is it like being a kid and having yur mom walk you to school but once you hit a certain age your old enough and you'd feel embarrassed if you walked with her again?