The World Cup of Hockey is currently an irregular tournament featuring the world’s best hockey players.
The 2016 World Cup of Hockey was a successful revival of the game that was last conducted in 2004.
Team Canada was declared as the champion, defeating Team Europe in Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena in September 2016.
National Hockey League (NHL) commissioner Gary Bettman then confirmed that there would be another World Cup of Hockey tournament on a regular basis following the success of the Toronto sporting event.
He cited that the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA) still needed to decide whether the games will be held every three, four, or five years.
The Sports Network (TSN) Hockey Insider, Pierre LeBrun mentioned that the possible completion of the 2020 World Cup of Hockey is currently an important topic on the table.
The tournament’s uncertain fate is being discussed by NHL and the NHLPA, considering work stoppage as its present concern.
On Thursday, the NHLPA and the NHL met in Las Vegas to talk about how to get labor certainty for the 2020 World Cup of Hockey.
They are working on ways to keep the labor accord until the existing collective bargaining treaty officially ends in 2022.
They will convene again for further discussions next week. The World Cup of Hockey began in 1996 as an international competition.
It succeeded the Canada Cup that took place from 1976 to 1991. The Canada Cup was the first international hockey tournament that permitted countries to field their best hockey players.
World Cup of Hockey participants are also NHL players. For instance, left winger Bradley Marchand and center Patrice Bergeron of Team Canada are currently playing for the Boston Bruins.
The same NHL team is the current affiliation of defenseman, Zdeno Chára who is captain and played for Team Europe during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
The World Cup of Hockey matches follow the rules of the NHL. They are held before the NHL pre-season, permitting the NHL players to be available for the games.
On an irregular arrangement, the World Cup of Hockey has been held thrice. The United States team was the champion in 1996 while Team Canada won in 2004 and 2016.