I love the annual hockey world championships, as do lots of fellow european hockey fans. Emphasis is on "european", because it seems to me that the WC doesn't have near the same popularity on the northamerican continent. Therefore, my suggestion is to make the WC a european championship. There will be only few cons imo: - Of course, with Canada and the USA out, 2 of the biggest hockey countries in the world and perennial title contenders (at least they should be) will be missed - Less starpower But now my pros: - The tournament is restricted to countries from the continent where it's loved, which makes it much more meaningfull to the fans. The european title would be considered more of a succes among the european fans than it is now among the fans in north america. -Due to the higher meaning of the WC in europe, the rosters will be closer to the best possible (of course, the stanley cup playoffs will always cut the rosters). I believe that european NHLers will care more about playing for their countries. That's also a point that weakens the first contra argument a bit: Of course USA and Canada will contend, but why allow them to play in a tournament when they don't even bother icing the best available team? - Even with the USA and Canada gone, the tournament would still boast a high level of skill and be extremely competetive, with the likes of sweden, russia, czech republic, finland, and upcoming nations like germany, norway and switzerland going at it - Last but surely not least: Cancelling an annual WC and replacing it with the EC would actually improve the worth of a "real WC", with that "real WC" being the olympic winter games. I think a 4-year time span between a WC (Olympics) would make a gold medal much more valuable and unique than it is now. Also, at the Olypmics every country (probably) would have their big guns going. This concept of a WC would be just as the one in soccer, and for me, the huge succes of the soccer world cup, and the fact that the soccer WC title is widely considered the biggest of 'em, all proves that that concept is the one to go with So what do you think?