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Report: World Cup of Hockey could be returning in 2024

The NHL and NHLPA are currently in discussions about a potential return for the World Cup of Hockey for the 2023-24 NHL season according to Pierre Lebrun of TSN.

The most-likely scenario would be a best-on-best tournament to be held in February mid-way of the 2023-24 NHL season, which is different from the last World Cup which was held in September.

Following a meeting last week between the NHL and NHLPA, the two sides will be meeting again next week.

The last World Cup was held in 2016, featuring teams such as Canada, Czechia, Finland, Russia, Sweden, the United States and two special teams called team Europe and team North America, which featured European players from other countries outside the World Cup, and players 23-and-under from Canada and the US.

The games were held from September 17-29 in Toronto at Scotiabank Arena (formerly Air Canada Center), and it was a success seeing a total attendance of 265,482 (16,593 per match) over 16 games.

The host country Canada won the tournament, after defeating team Europe 2-0 in the best-of-three final.

Sidney Crosby hoists the World Cup of Hockey

Sidney Crosby of Canada was the scoring leader (10 points) and the MVP of the tournament.

That was the last time the NHL held a best-of tournament.

It will be exciting to see another World Cup of Hockey with all the widespread talent around the NHL, and it may just be the last time on the international stage we get to see Sidney Crosby representing red & white.



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