Looking for the flare of international hockey without the hassle of insuring players for millions of dollars and travelling halfway across the world? The NHL seems to be on the verge of settling that dilemma.
The NHL will be introducing, for the second time, a World Cup of Hockey to be played in Toronto in September of 2016, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.
The NHL and NHLPA are working on the final details, but agreed it would be best to reinstate the tournament at the Air Canada Centre, in one of the league’s biggest markets. It is also believed for future events, that countries would have to participate in a bidding war for the event, which is being speculated to bring in roughly $100-million in revenue.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the game,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to Sportsnet. “We start with the fact that of all of the North American sports, our players, our game has a history and tradition of international competition. It’s something that we know is very important for our players to be able to represent their countries.”
The last World Cup of Hockey in 2004 saw Canada defeat Finland 3-2 in the final, which was also hosted in Toronto.