Special Report: NHL To Bring Back World Cup of Hockey; Toronto To Host In 2016

(From left to right) Shane Doan, Joe Thornton & Kris Draper celebrate their 2004 World Cup of Hockey championship together. The event will be back in 2016. Photo credit: HockeyGods.com.

(From left to right) Shane Doan, Joe Thornton & Kris Draper celebrate their 2004 World Cup of Hockey championship together. The event will be back in 2016. Photo credit: HockeyGods.com.

According to Chris Johnston of Rodgers Sportsnet, the NHL and NHLPA have or will agree to bring back the World Cup of Hockey in September 2016. He also reports that Toronto will be the first host city and after that there could potentially be bidding wars to decide future locales that would lead to even more revenue for the NHL.

The last World Cup of Hockey was played in 2004 and it was split between seven different locations throughout North America and Europe. Kind of a cool idea but I like the notion of having it in one place like soccer does, makes it more of an event. The championship game coincidentally was played in Toronto that year and won by none other than Team Canada of course.

Many believe that NHL players won’t be attending the Winter Olympics in South Korea in 2018, so to get the World Cup going before then is a smart move by commissioner Bettman and company. Also, according to Bettman himself, the NHL Board of Governors have not talked about the Olympics and player participation at all recently.

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