01 March 2007
I think the NHL has the most mature tapable international market out there and the NHL has done little to getting into this market, other than the Olympics and a couple NA vs the world All-Star Games. There are Hockey-Savvy and Crazy countries out there (Russia, Czech, Finland, Sweeden) and others that have a healthy interest in the sport (England apparently, Germany, Latvia, Norway) and it's a shame the NHL is going to play it's first regular season game abroad after the NFL. (Not criticizing the NFL here, but I have to say the world is less ready to embrace the NFL than the NHL).
In a future post (a couple days maybe) I'll outline what I think would be a very reasonable plan for the NHL to work in some European Teams. I think It's an idea and something the NHL should be looking into in 10 years time.