NHL calls off potential World Cup of Hockey in 2021

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  • NHL commissioner Gary Bettman eliminated the possibility of a potential World Cup of Hockey in 2021, saying Tuesday there isn’t enough time to get it done, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
  • In the offseason, deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league is “cautiously optimistic” about the NHL and NHLPA being able to coordinate a world cup based on successful CBA negotiations.
  • With the NHL pulling out of the last Winter Olympics, players and fans voiced their displeasure of the lack of a real best-on-best tournament.
  • The World Championships only includes part of the NHL as many teams are still in the playoffs.
  • The World Cup did do that, however there were obviously some logistical issues that needed to be solved.
  • For one, having it just before the season began risked injury for players, something Matt Murray experienced first hand.
  • Murray suffered a broken hand in the tournament and missed the first part of the 2016-17 season, just a few months after winning his first Stanley Cup.
  • Because the league still very much intends on having a World Cup at some point, this news will bring up the question of participation in the next Olympics once again.
  • The players have expressed that they want to go, but the league hasn’t changed their official stance on participation.
  • Because the Olympics are not a league-run entity, the NHL feels as though the disruption to the regular season is too great.
  • The World Cup, a joint effort between the NHL and NHLPA, would not be considered so.
  • The next Winter Games are scheduled for February, 2022 in Beijing, China.
  • For now, we’ll have to wait to see what happens next for the World Cup and whether or not Team North America and Team Europe are one-time memories.
Sources & Credits: Elliotte Friedman, Pro Hockey Rumors
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