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NHL, NHLPA moving forward with plans for World Cup of Hockey in 2024

The NHL and NHLPA are moving towards having a World Cup of Hockey in 2024, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Wednesday during the NHL’s European Player Media Tour.

“We’re moving full steam ahead and that means we’re continuing to have regular meetings,” Daly said.

The tournament is expected to occur across 15 days in February 2024. Eight national teams will compete, with games played in Europe and North America.

Daly said host cities haven’t been determined yet. Russia’s participation in the event is uncertain, according to Daly. The IIHF suspended Russia on Feb. 28 from participating in international hockey events due to its invasion of Ukraine “until further notice.” The suspension applies to Russian and Belarusian national teams and clubs in every age category at IIHF competitions, the federation said.

The World Cup of Hockey began in 1996, succeeding the Canada Cup. The United States won the first edition of the World Cup of Hockey before Canada won the next two in 2004 and 2016. The last time the tournament was staged in 2016, Canada defeated Europe in the final to capture the World Cup.

The World Cup of Hockey adds to an extensive history of best-on-best competitions in men’s ice hockey. The NHL participated in the Olympic Games from 1998 to 2014. Canada won gold three times (2002, 2010, 2014) while Czechia (1998) and Sweden (2006) won the other two competitions. The Canada Cup occurred between 1976 to 1991, with Canada winning the event four times.

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