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World Cup of Hockey targeted for 2024

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Jan 13, 2022; San Jose, California, USA;  General view of a hockey stick before the start of the first period between the San Jose Sharks and the New York Rangers at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association are working toward holding a World Cup of Hockey in 2024, an event last held in 2016.

That event was the third of its kind, following similar tournaments in 1996 and 2004.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Wednesday that the two sides are holding regular meetings, moving “full steam ahead” and targeting a 17-day break in 2024 in which to hold the tournament.

Speaking during the European Player Media Tour, Daly said the 2024 event would feature at least eight national teams, and games would be played in both North American and Europe.

“We still want to play one pool in Europe, a preliminary round pool in Europe and a preliminary round pool in North America and move the semifinals and the final to a different city in North America likely,” he said. “I think that short list would universally encompass more traditional hockey markets.”

Because of the pandemic, the NHL hasn’t played a game outside of North America since 2019, but two preseason and four regular-season games are scheduled in Europe this fall.

–Field Level Media