I am relatively new to the European club soccer scene I'm getting my first real taste of it this year and I'm really coming around. The promotion/relegation systems are awesome and so is the idea of a Champions League where the best teams from all the individual leagues play a separate in-season tournament to determine which is the best club team in all of Europe. That's a roundabout way of saying it's a really cool idea and also saying that apparently the NHL is considering getting involved with such a thing in hockey. That's according to Chris Botta of the Sports Business Journal. Yeah yeah World Cup of Hockey coming back yadda yadda. But let's get to that Champions Cup thing. I have one thought on this: Make it happen NHL. As it stands now the season is already incredibly long and travelling across the Pond to play Champions league games would be awfully tough and presumably put teams at a competitive disadvantage to win what any hockey player truly cares the most about the Stanley Cup but it would be awesome. Can you imagine the Blackhawks playing host to Frolunda from Sweden? Not only would it be an incredible pairing of team logos but it would be really awesome to see other games that mattered. Further you can assume that the KHL would be involved in this as well. It would finally be a chance to determine if the NHL is indeed a vastly superior league. And if the KHL were involved you could have some really interesting possibilities. Who wouldn't love to see Ilya Kovalchuk and SKA St. Petersburg play the New Jersey Devils? Or what about CSKA Moscow with Alexander Radulov vs. the Predators? It would work the other way too like Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals playing Dynamo Moscow. The intriguing possibilities are endless.
NHL planning international Champions Cup tourney for 2016
CBS Sports | Sep 10