The NHL and NHLPA released a joint statement on Friday afternoon indicating the World Cup of Hockey isn’t happening in 2024 as they had hoped.
The World Cup of Hockey was last played in 2016, with every game played in Toronto. There were also tournaments in 1996 and 2004.
Here’s the official comment from the league and players:
In August while on the NHL’s European Player Media Tour, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league and players were working “full steam ahead” with the planning process for a tournament in 2024.
According to a story on NHL.com in August, Daly said the NHL and NHLPA were evaluating potential host cities, including some in European.
“We still want to play one pool in Europe, a preliminary round pool in Europe and a preliminary round pool in North America and move the semifinals and the final to a different city in North America likely,” he said. “I think that short list would universally encompass more traditional hockey markets.”