In 1979 instead of having an All Star game the NHL hosted a three game mini series against the Soviet national team. The Soviet's won the series 2 games to 1 and I have often seen it referred to as one of the USSR's greatest victories. One thing that irks me about tournaments like this is that you are matching a well developed, familiar team against one that has had zero preparation time. I have always felt that preparation time is the single biggest advantage a team can have going into a short tournament such as this. If you look at any league a lot of teams don't find their chemistry until well into the regular season, after an already lengthy preseason. For years the Stanley Cup champs played and regularly beat an All Star team made up from the rest of the league, so beating an All Star team doesn't seem that big a deal to me. I'd be interested to hear what people think of this tournament and how significant they feel it was.