The NHL Players Association wants to end the annual All-Pro Thingamabob and replace it with a break in the season to do something else related to hockey.
[The NHLPA] has a grander plan, one in which an annual break in the NHL season would take place every February, and depending on the year it would be filled by the Olympics, a World Cup, an all-star game or perhaps a spectacular hockey convention.
Spectacular hockey convention. Can an oxymoron be three words?
“It would be a win for everybody,” said former NHL goaltender and broadcaster Glenn Healy, now the NHLPA’s director of player affairs. “We’ve got to sell the game.” Part of the selling of the game, to the union, is the World Cup of Hockey, which took place in 1996 and 2004, and is now tentatively scheduled for 2011.
Just keep having the World Cup of Hockey every 8 or maybe 7 years, and there’s no way the fans CAN’T get hooked!