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Report: World Cup of Hockey returning in 2016

May 11, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

World Cup of Hockey

There hasn’t been a World Cup of Hockey since 2004 but it sounds like its return won’t be too far off.

Pavel Lysenkov of Sovietsky Sport in Russia (link in Russian) spoke with Vladislav Tretiak who says the World Cup will make its return in August and September of 2016. If this sounds like news out of the blue, it’s not.

As Dan Rosen of NHL.com reported, the NHL is close to approving a new transfer agreement with the IIHF. Part of that agreement is re-starting the World Cup series. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly spoke about that happening to Rosen.

“We talked about the World Cup and that is included in the terms of our Player Transfer Agreement and the [anticipation] that we will cooperate on something like the World Cup of Hockey,” Daly said. “It’s obviously something we have been talking about with the [NHL] Players’ Association, and I think we have a conceptual understanding with them that we should be in a position to play in World Cups and announce them soon.”

The World Cup of Hockey has only occurred twice in 1996 and 2004. Team USA took home the title in ’96 while Team Canada won it in ’04. The World Cup was the successor to the old Canada Cup which ran from the mid-1970s til the early-90s.

  1. therealjr - May 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    It’s a dumb name. Just call it Canada Cup already.

    • mukbill - May 12, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      This tourney started as the Canada Cup in 1976 and was known as that for years. What is wrong with naming it that. The farcical Spring Tournament in Europe can be the World Cup. IIHF is a joke and everyone knows the Canada Cup was always the best tourney outside the Olympics.

      Or how about “The Everybody Cup”? Let’s stop being so PC and let’s honor our North American traditional names.

      I agree – Canada Cup

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 11, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    This tourny may be meaningless but it’s good, entertaining hockey.

    2004 was a great tourny, with Lecavalier’s OT goal and getting to see Mario play live. Not to mention everyone could just sense the lockout coming so they enjoyed it that much more.

  3. phipfwe76 - May 11, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    I’m always cool with more hockey, but what’s the difference between this and the IIHF’s every year?

    • robgkum - May 11, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      It’s going to be more like an exhibition tournament and you might see Sid the Kid turn up, so I rather stick with the IIHF

    • mukbill - May 12, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Two huge differences.

      1. Timing. It is held early in the fall, so all players are available.
      2. Prestige. All of the best players want to participate.

      Other differences are North American ice surfaces, full arenas, and non of the ridiculous advertising on every square inch of uniform and helmet space.

      Great tournament.

  4. robgkum - May 11, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Ok there is acutally such an event called the IIHF World Championships, unfortunately it seems like IIHF & NHL can’t work together shame….

  5. killerpgh - May 11, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    I think I read somewhere that this World Cup would be played every 4 years. Starting 2 years after the winter Olympics. So every 2 years you would have either Olympic hockey or the World Cup Tourney. I think it is a great idea.

  6. mclovinhockey - May 11, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    World Cup and IIHF are the same event
    Slight differences are…
    World Cup is not every year
    It takes place at a different time so all players are free (usually)
    I don’t think this is true but heard they use a different rink size… Pretty sure it’s Olympic sized though.

  7. atwatercrushesokoye - May 11, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    The difference between the World Cup of hockey and the hockey world championships is $$$, or more accurately who’s getting it. The World Cup of Hockey is a tournament put on by the NHL and NHLPA and they get to keep the majority of the money. The world championship is put on by the IIHF and they keep the money made, with a slight payment (i think) made for each NHL player that plays.

    Because the WCH is put on by the NHL and NHLPA it will be played almost exclusively by NHL players, whereas the WC takes place during the SC playoffs so teams are made up with more European league players (for teams other than Canada and the US) so the WCH will look like the teams we’ll see in the 2018 Olympics (if the NHL goes) but with very little intensity.

    Last thing, the WCH will be played in NHL arenas on NHL ice, since the Saddledome is the only NHL arena capable of being expanded to international ice size and I’m guessing the NHL will have very little desire to put games in a 32 year old building.

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