For many sports fans, the idea of the World Cup of any sport being secondary to a league or competition seems really strange. Take the FIFA World Cup for example; it gets far more global attention than any other football event that takes place from cup to cup. The hockey world, though, has long treated the idea of the World Cup of Hockey as a bit of a joke. That, though, could be about to change.
Both the NHL and NHLPA are working together to try and make a return for what should be the flagship hockey tournament. While no timeline has been set for a definitive answer, it’s nice to see the major missing part of the hockey calendar being spoken about once again. speaking about the event was Commissioner Gary Bettman, who said after a Board of Governors meeting: “I think we’re all in agreement that bringing back the World Cup on a regular basis would be a good thing, and that’s something we’re having very serious, specific discussions with the Players’ Association,”
The talk at the moment is that it would need to take place after the 2020-21 season. The likelihood is that it would not take place beforehand as it would conflict with the league. As Commissioner Bettman also noted, it’s “too big of an event” to try and rush into a small portion of the calendar.
For now, though, it’s just nice to hear that Hockey World Cups might return.