Unlike major North American sports like baseball, football and basketball, the game played outside of the continent is played at a very high level.
The hockey played in the Russian KHL may not be as high-quality as the hockey played in the NHL, but it would not be easy for fans to tell the difference.
Establishing greater cooperation between the two leagues would be great for the game. It could enhance the sport's overall development and improvement.
Here are six reasons the two leagues should consider joining forces.