Men's Olympic ice hockey qualifying was few days ago and besides Canada, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Czech, USA, Germany and Switzerland (who got straight in with ranking or whatever) and host China, the final Olympic teams will be Slovakia, Latvia (who dropped France in decisive game) and Denmark (who beat Norway).
New president of international ice hockey federation Luc Tardif has opened up with a dramatic suggestion: that China should not be allowed to participate (men's) Olympic ice hockey despite being the host country, due their low ranking.
I get the logic that, as he put it, it's not in anybody's interest to have 15-0 games. And it would give the teams in same group (USA, Canada and Germany) kind of unfair advantage.
But I still think Olympic host must have right to compete and China has for years put a great effort in developing their hockey.
Meanwhile, as I've said before, women's ice hockey shouldn't be an Olympic sport. And if it must be, it certainly shouldn't be played with a tournament system where 5 of 10 competing teams are given quarterfinal place and other 5 have to play for the remaining 3.
Qualifying to participate is one thing, but the day Olympics start everyone should be on the same line, needing to win same amount of games to get each medal.
2 out of 4 is average. We really could've used better, at the moment it looks like Finland will fall 5th in league ranking - due the unfair Austrian advantage! - and that means next season we'll only get 3 teams to CHL.
But if Lukko and my personal favorite Tappara do well enough in playoffs, they can still save the 4th spot for us.