i was doing a little light reading last night and came across this article. it starts out by blandly describing how there will be some NHL exhibition games in europe next year (*yawn*... the maple leafs did a mini-tour of sweden and finland in 2003 exhibition play) and finishes with this little gem:
"Some believe this is the first step in what would be a long process that could lead to having European teams one day compete for the Stanley Cup. Last month, [IIHF President Rene] Fasel proposed a Champions League format that would pit the top club teams in Europe against each other in a tournament similar to soccer's Champions League."
hunh ??? .....uhhhhh..... SORRY ?????
having watched intra-league play in both the swedish eliteserien and the czech extraliga in 2004, i can safely say it's exciting hockey. and, honestly, i actually really like the idea of a season-long international champions-league-type elimination tournament in hockey (like... i REALLY like it), but c'mon... not for the stanley cup.