World Cup Of Hockey Expected To Return In 2024

After last being played in 2016, the NHL are moving forward with the idea of presenting the World Cup of Hockey once more in 2024, with games aimed at being played in North America and Europe, which would make this the fourth iteration in history, with the tournament also occurring in 1996 and 2004. The plans were discussed during the NHL's media trip throughout Europe, where deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that the plans were on schedule for 2024, with select European cities hosting some games in the tournament likely to consist of at least 8 nations. 

"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." Given the rise of talent outside of North America over the past few years, this would be one of the most exciting tournaments in hockey history, and after fans were robbed of seeing fully healthy Canadian and American teams in the Olympics, it would give them another chance to see all of that talent on the ice together.

If plans go ahead, the tournament would take place in early February over 15 days, while the NHL has also explored the possibility of adding two teams, making a qualification round before pool play begins. The NHL has been trying to expand the game of hockey throughout Europe for years now, and while it was interrupted during the pandemic and ensuing seasons, this year will see two games played in Europe, showcasing the NHL's top talent to help their expansion bid. 

Between now and then, there are also talks for more European series games, while the teams have not yet been decided, showing that there is genuine interest beyond the boarders of Canada and the United States.

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