How long can the nine-month Pro League continue in its current guise? MANI KOCHAR says the global league should follow rugby’s Autumn Internationals format
‘Hockey at its Best’ Was it? Really? The death of the FIH Pro League format is surely looming large on the horizon and most may be happy to see it coming. Canada pulling out this week just adds to the nails being hammered into the coﬃn. A ripple of applause was heard from hockey pundits around the globe.
And as much as I hate seeing any kind of failure to do with hockey, when its intent was to promote the game internationally, the fact that it was universally met with such opposition from the outset should have been a huge signpost that this simply was not the way to go.
Eventually a vacuum for regular internationals will need to be filled. And we definitely need to see our stars pulling on national jerseys to play against each other. But let’s change the ‘why’ and ‘how’.
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