An In-Season Tournament Could Be Coming To The NHL, Which Is Cool And All, But Will People Really Care?

After everyone's confusion leading up to the NBA's in-season tournament…I don't know what's going to happen.

While the excitement of bowl season (and the College Football Playoff) continues, it was also a festive day for the NHL as the league held its annual Winter Classic.

Now, during the broadcast of the New Year's Day event on TNT, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman teased that an in-season tournament could be held, and as a bonus, it looks like it will be on an international basis.

Despite the lack of enthusiasm from many fans, the NBA's in-season tournaments have sparked interest (even from myself to some extent) due to higher quality games, superstar performances, and slightly lower ratings for the league. It has risen. But people didn't know, and still don't know, how to accurately track tournaments.

But the NHL needs to be aware of the success and potential. After all, why are we suddenly being teased like this?

And it's very interesting to me that he said “international.”

As you all know, the National Hockey League is very international, with people of all nationalities playing on the ice here in the United States. And obviously, living in the good ol' America, there's a lot of Americans playing, not to mention those damn Canadians.

So I thought…could we see something like North America vs. International? (Related: A real hockey guy: Boston Bruins' Jeremy Swayman spectacularly slams chicken wings during interview)

I don't know, but I'd like to know more. But even though I love hockey, I'm worried that not many people are interested in it. So the NBA's in-season tournament threw everyone into chaos, and literally no one knew how to react (and like I said, we still don't). Will the NHL suffer the same fate?

I don't want the NHL to go through something like this.

We'll see what happens next, but I'll just say this. The NHL is already doing better with the international model. I can dig.