-- How do you like your ice? Not surprisingly, there was a definitive school of thought on the matter at the Molson World Hockey Summit Monday, where one of the hot stove sessions compared and contrasted both the North American and European games.
The panel, which featured Ottawa Senators
captain Daniel Alfredsson
, retired goalie turned broadcaster Glen Healy and Toronto-based radio host Bob McCown, discussed the big-ice, small-ice conundrum, the role of fighting and the possibility of forming a Champions' League setup that would pit the best North American club teams against the best club teams from Europe.
The size of the ice surface and the pro and cons for each option dominated the session's discussion, however.
Alfredsson, who grew up in Gothenburg, Sweden, encapsulates the argument about whether the game is more suited for the NHL ice surface, which is 200 feet by 85 feet, or the European surface, which is 15 feet wider.