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onhcetum asked in SportsHockey · 1 decade ago

Is the NHL the best hockey league in the world?

Is the NHL the best hockey league?

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    The NHL and IIHF both rank the various leagues in the world, and give them rankings. In both systems, the NHL is considered the best league and is scored as a "100"

    NHL Central Scouting (as of February 1st)

    National Hockey League 100

    Elitsarien (Sweden) 89

    Kontinental Hockey League (Russia) 87

    SM-Liiga (Finland) 83

    Czech Republic League (Czech Republic) 81

    Slovakioan Extraliga (Slovakia) 74

    Switzerland 72

    Deutsche Eishockey League 70

    The American Hockey League has a ranking of 57

    The International Ice Hockey Federation's rankings (as of December 1, 2009)

    National Hockey League 100

    Elitsarien (Sweden) 91

    Kontinental Hockey League (Russia) 87

    Czech Republic League (Czech Republic) 84

    SM-Liiga (Finland) 82

    Slovakian Extraliga (Slovakia) 76

    Switzerland 73

    Deutsche Eishockey League 71

    The IIHF ranks the AHL as a 61, and ranks the Czech league ahead of the Finnish league.

    No AHL team has beaten a fully staffed NHL team since the 1960s, however several teams from all European leagues have beaten fully staffed NHL and AHL teams over the past 36 years.

    Source(s): Retired NHL scout (30+ years)
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  • 4 years ago

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    The "Nation" in which the league refers to was Canada originally. Since 1924, however, the league has encompassed both Canada and the United States. Cool tidbit.. the Bruins were actually the first American professional hockey team in the NHL. Anyways, I think the name just stuck. It's like when the CFL expanded into the US in the 90's there was a time when half of the teams in that league were American... but why change the name? I think since then it's been easy to associate with American professional sports. It probably wouldn't have the same ring if it was the "BNHL" or the "NAHL".

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  • coil
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Best Hockey Leagues

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Isn't the KHL the closest competition? They aren't even that close either. Sure leagues like the Canadian Hockey League are good for what they are, but the NHL weeds out the ones that aren't going to be pro. In the NHL you have very few players that are on a level above the League.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. Hands down. The argument isn't over which is the best hockey league in the world because the NHL takes that one without any doubt. The real argument is over which is the second best league in the world. Most people feel that the AHL is still the second best professional league in the world since most players are NHL calibre players who just didn't quite make the cut, while the KHL for the most part is full of players who the NHL wouldn't even take a second glance at.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes it is look at how good both the US and Canada are in Olympic Hockey Silver going to the US and the Gold to Canada That's enough to explain it all.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It is obvious that the NHL is the composed of the best players in the world. Just look at the rosters of the this past Olympics. The vast magority of the teams were dominated by NHL players. Canada and the USA had 100% NHLers. Russia, Finland, Sweden, Czech, and Slovak teams; about 66%, Belarus and the Swiss; nearly 50% and the also ran teams of Germany and Latvia....well who cares!

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  • 1 decade ago

    If it wasn't there would be players from another league walking around with Gold and Silver medals today.

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  • ?
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    its the national hockey league .

    so yes it is the best

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  • 1 decade ago

    Probably

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