PARIS — The NHL and NHL Players’ Association are shifting ahead with plans for a World Cup of Hockey in 2024, concentrated on a 17-day window in February to grasp the match.
The World Cup of Hockey was once final performed in 2016, when all video games have been performed in Toronto. There have been additionally tournaments in 1996 and 2004.
“We’re moving full steam ahead and that means we’re continuing to have regular meetings,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated Wednesday all over the NHL’s European Player Media Tour.
The 2024 match will function a minimum of 8 nationwide groups, with video games performed in North America and Europe, Daly stated.
Meetings with the NHLPA and Luc Tardif, the president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, to speak about the World Cup have been phase of the shuttle to Paris.
“We’re out in market already moving ahead with plans for a February 2024 World Cup,” Daly stated. “We’re still on schedule.”
Daly stated the NHL and NHLPA are taking a look at a brief checklist of markets to host video games, together with make a choice European towns.
“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 stated. “I think that short list would universally encompass more traditional hockey markets.”
The match would most likely happen throughout 15 days in February, with an afternoon at the entrance finish and an afternoon at the again finish constructed in for trip functions.
Daly additionally stated there are discussions about including two countries to the match, bringing the entire to 10 to create a qualification spherical to get down to 8 groups.
“I think longer term, that’s our plan to have a qualification tournament at another time during the calendar,” Daly stated. “Given the short timeframe we have between now and February 2024, if we have a qualification stage, I think it’s part of the tournament.”
There remains to be uncertainty about the possibility of Russia to have a staff in the World Cup, Daly stated.
The NHL continues to droop all industry relationships in Russia since its invasion of Ukraine in February and aligns with the mandate from the International Ice Hockey Federation that the country is suspended from all world competitions till additional understand.
Planning for the following World Cup is a part of a grander plan via the NHL to proceed promotion of the sport and the League across the world, a push that was once placed on grasp as a result of of the COVID-19 pandemic however is resuming this season with the 2022 NHL Global Series.
The Nashville Predators will play a preseason recreation in Bern, Switzerland on Oct. 3 and the San Jose Sharks will do the similar in Berlin on Oct. 4 sooner than they open the steady season towards every different with two video games in Prague on Oct. 7 and eight.
The Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets will play two video games in Tampere, Finland on Nov. 4 and 5.
They would be the NHL’s first video games outdoor of North America since 2019.
“It’s very important as we continue to build out our presence in Europe and our international business,” Daly stated. “Having the Global Series back on European soil is very important to our business.”
Daly stated the NHL is making plans the 2023 Global Series and there are a number of NHL groups in taking part.
He stated the NHL additionally has ongoing interior discussion about taking part in a minimum of preseason video games in non-traditional European hockey markets like Paris and London.
The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks performed two regular-season video games in London to get started the 2007-08 season.
“We had a lot of people who are hockey fans from other parts of Europe fly to London to watch those games,” Daly stated. “So I think you get that dynamic and if we were to bring a game to Paris, my guess is we’d get that same dynamic, we’d have hockey fans here even they aren’t Parisians. It’s certainly possible at some point.”
Daly additionally stated the League is continuous to advertise the sport on the grassroots stage in China via sending coaches to do formative years clinics and make investments in boulevard hockey, however it is not transparent if the NHL China Games will resume.
The Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings performed two preseason video games in China in 2017 and the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames did so in 2018.
“That’s something we’ll have to focus on and make a decision on in the relatively near future but it’s still up in the air,” Daly stated.