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Report: Toronto would host revamped World Cup of Hockey in 2016

Jun 4, 2014, 8:08 PM EDT

Carey Price AP

While the NHL and NHLPA continue to haggle over rekindling the World Cup of Hockey, it sounds like there’s already a gameplan for where the reborn tournament would take place. The Canadian Press’ Chris Johnston reports that Toronto would host the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Specifically, Johnston cited multiple sources that pointed to the Air Canada Centre as the venue for such an event.

During his pre-Game 1 press conference, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman described the idea of the World Cup of Hockey as “a great business opportunity” despite the idea not being “fully baked.”

Johnston indicates that a bidding process could eventually be instituted to host future World Cup of Hockey events:

In the future, it is believed that cities around the world might be subjected to a bidding process for the event, which one source indicated could generate as much as $100-million in revenue for the league and players.

The natural question is: “How might this affect the NHL’s participation in the Olympics?” Bettman said that hasn’t been discussed yet and didn’t really discuss the topic any further during Wednesday’s press conference.

  1. canucks30 - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    I think it’s evident that the NHL intends to replace NHL Olympic participation (mid-season) with the World Cup (before the start of training camps).

    I don’t sense much enthusiasm for sending NHL players to South Korea in 2018.

    • joey4id - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Thank you captain obvious….

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        That’s rich. You make me physically sick to my stomach and I wish that you would have a heart attack.

      • joey4id - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        If you really feel that way and not acting like a drama queen, then you need help. Seriously! Take care of yourself. It’s just a hockey blog.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:30 PM

        Not so quick on the draw there.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    The WC is awful, players in preseason form, it’s a glorified all-star game in that players don’t really care.

    Not really sure why they’d choose Toronto either, it’s a horrible hockey town (great Leafs town, they’ll lineup like zombies to pay money to support them but they won’t support other hockey) but I guess in having this horrible exhibition tournament in Toronto they can try and knock down two birds with one stone: 1. Have Golden Boy hoist another championship trophy before he retires (he’s not winning another cup and gets a medal when he rides other Canadian player’s coattails at the Olympics) and 2. It gives Toronto the chance to see a team win a championship at the ACC.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      This is the closest T’ranna can come to seeing a winning team on home ice. Buddha knows the Juniors won’t give us that this winter (love the WJC, but Hockey Canada is a mess as far as that tourny goes…Cherry knows) no matter how much we back ’em. Give us something!!

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Shoulda read your whole post. Nail, meet head.

      Phrasing. BOOM. I love my hair.

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Oooops, wrong picture up there>

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