GB Team Could Benefit from New Thinking

Yesterday saw the GB training squad for the 2016 World Championships in Croatia. There are the usual names from the usual mix of teams. Nottingham are again well represented as are Cardiff, Belfast and Sheffield. As normal at this time of year the discussion turns to Team GB and producing talent. Now here is a new solution. What if teams that finish higher up the league are made to give those at the bottom the difference in their budget.

3SbEvi7HUntil now the EIHL has toyed with the import level to find a balance between a equality and the number of British players. Fans have suggested many other things that could be done from a player draft to restricting spare imports. One suggestion has also been a salary cap which has been ignored almost since the EIHL was invented but how about a new kind of salary cap or revenue share.

This system would work by giving  a boost to the operating budget of the teams that finish lower in the league allowing them to spend more on their team which is paid for by the teams at the top of table. Those teams at the top of table who would have a smaller budget would then be forced to look at new ways to remain at the top of the table. For instance their juniors and so by giving them more ice time the national team benefits.

This is of course something that the teams owners will never agree too. But is it is as crazy as it seems?

The NFL for instance is a known has the place where America goes to play socialism and the NHL can also be described in a similar way. This is because of the collective bargaining agreements that share wealth around the clubs. The above proposal though would a step beyond but following Rene Fasel and Paul Thompson’s comments that ice hockey in the UK is seen as a lower standard because of national team ranking something needs to be done.

The current way is not really working. The same teams are at the top of the table and talent the national team has not had a significant boost for sometime. Other methods of producing an equal high quality league have struggled to aid the national team significantly have failed so why not think outside the box.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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