One of the President Trumps first actions hits Canadians right in the heart – Hockey
We can’t wait until Don Cherry officially reacts to this one.
President Trump’s America First policy means that Canadian NHL players can’t work full time for American teams. American NHL players only take up 15% of the league, so filling US teams will be a challenge.
Don Cherry has always been a fighter, but it is hard to take a piece out of a president without getting arrested or worse. So we will wait to see what Cherry has to say about this in the next Hockey Night In Canada broadcast.
Imagine Sydney Crosby or Jonathan Toews playing for Team USA at The Olympics?
The full extent of the policy is not yet known but here are a few things we would like to get Cherry’s reaction to:
There are more Canadian players in the US than the teams in Canada can carry – will they be unemployed? Will they go to Europe?
Some Player’s could take US Citizenship – What does Cherry think of Sydney Crosby or Jonathan Toews playing for Team USA at The Olympics?
What will be the reaction to Toronto fans / Leafs Nation when they lose Auston Matthews?
What will the TV Broadcasters do with their huge contracts – can they sue?
What happens when American Minor league pros, college players and the National team get called up to the NHL. Who will replace them in the minor leagues?
Will Some US Teams fold due to lack of quality players?
Can Canadians take Scholarships from US colleges?
The NHL League office has not yet reacted to this new policy. It will be interesting to see how American Hockey fans react when their teams are decimated.
President Trump’s America First policy will hit the NHL harder than other sports leagues.
With the majority of NHL teams located in the US but only 15% of it’s players American, it will be a disaster. There will have to be a major swap of players. Fans won’t know their teams anymore.
President Trump’s policies are true to his campaign promises to create American jobs, but he does it like a showman. “Trump’s forte is promotion, he knows that job creation takes a while to have impact so he is looking at hitting industries with high visibility.” Say spokes insiders.
Imagine what Leafs Nation will do if Auston Matthews goes back to Arizona?”
With all Canadian and other foreign Players leaving the US there will be a huge void of professional players.
American’s will want (or may be forced by Trump) to go back to play in the US.
“Auston Matthews is the best thing to happen to the Toronto Maple Leafs in decades. Imagine what the fans and Leafs Nation will do if he goes back to Arizona?”
This means most American Minor League professionals, College players, and Junior National team players will be called up.
It’s not clear if Canadians will still be allowed to take US Hockey scholarships.
Many Canadian Players will have the opportunity to get US citizenship and green cards. Read More> However this will prevent them from representing Canada at the Olympics.
NHL Commissioner has not yet commented on the situation or how it impacts his league expansion plans.