The NHL and NHLPA introduced on Friday that they’ll not pursue a World Cup of Hockey for February 2024 as a result of it isn’t possible “within the present surroundings.”
The 2 sides are hopeful the event may be held in some unspecified time in the future in 2025.
They launched a joint assertion asserting the information.
“During the last 12 months, the NHL and the NHLPA have been engaged on plans to conduct the subsequent World Cup of Hockey, the premier worldwide best-on-best hockey event, in February 2024. Sadly, within the present surroundings it isn’t possible to carry the World Cup of Hockey at the moment. We proceed to plan for the subsequent World Cup of Hockey, hopefully in February 2025.”
The NHL and NHLPA have tried to make the World Cup the highest worldwide event, particularly since NHL gamers haven’t participated previously two Winter Olympics. The massive hang-up on the Olympics has been the league not eager to delay its season for 2 weeks, particularly when the Olympics have taken place in time zones that will not be the most effective for stay TV protection.
This newest information is disappointing for hockey followers as a result of it additional delays a best-on-best worldwide event no less than one other 12 months.
The final World Cup of Hockey was held again in 2016 as a preseason event earlier than the 2016-17 NHL season.
That was the final time NHL gamers participated in a full worldwide event that concerned the league’s largest stars.
NHL gamers haven’t participated within the Olympics for the reason that 2014 video games in Sochi, Russia.