Which international tournament is the most important?

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  1. colonel_korn

    colonel_korn Luuuuuuuuuu....lay?

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    Kind of interested in knowing which tournament people attach the most importance to. Obviously a lot of people think the World Championships aren't a big deal because they take place at the same time as the playoffs, so a lot of countries are missing some big names. Similarly, I've seen a few posters (mostly from the East side of the Atlantic) saying the World Cup isn't a big deal because it's an exhibition tournament staged by the NHL. So I guess that leaves the Olympics, but at the same time one has to consider the fact that the Olympics also take place during the NHL regular season, so the teams have far less prep time than they will for the World Cup.

    So...which tournament is the most important? Which says the most about the calibre of a country's hockey program and players?

    (BTW, I divided up the question by region because I thought it would be more interesting that way. ;) I suspect I know how the majority of the votes will break down, but I'm still interested in seeing.)
     
  2. Snakeeye

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    IMO, the World Junior Hockey Championships.

    That's the tournament where you usually learn all about the NHL's future superstars.
     
  3. Rovaniemi

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    I'm from Europe and vot for the Olympics but only if NHL players take part.
    Otherwise the World Cup.
     
  4. colonel_korn

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    Yeah, I was considering adding that one but I decided to stick with the ones that involve professional players, since I think they're more comparable.
     
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    The WJC is the most important.
     
  6. SChan*

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    In terms of overall quality, the World Cup is the toughest tournament to win. The only non-quality team in this tournament is Germany. Compare that to olympics where many less quality teams compete.
     
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    Yeah but the World Cup is usually played on Canadian soil, so Canada ends up always having home ice advantage. Is that fair?
     
  8. Raimo Sillanpää

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    I voted Olympics.

    No matter what, the olympics are the olympics and a gold medal is an olympic idea..
     
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    i voted World Cup/Canada Cup just because i enjoy it the most. But the Olympics really is the creme de la creme - a gold medal.

    great question though...
     
  10. Hitman*

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    The Olympics IMO.

    There is more pride and lustre involved in them, as well as the history.
     
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    1. Olympics
    2. World Cup









    3. World Championships
     
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    I voted world cup only because it is hockey exclusive...i actually place the world cup and olympics on the same level.
     
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    This year its being held in Canada, The US, and Europe, so the only teams that are at a big disadvantage are slovakia and russia.
     
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    The Olympics first and the World Cup second. I find it really tough to get excited about the World Chamionships since it happens every year and it's during the Stanley Cup playoffs, I never watch it or the World Juniors.
     
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