The 2024 World Cup of Hockey shall be postpone till February 2025, as confirmed by the NHL in North America and its gamers’ affiliation, the NHLPA.
“Over the past yr, the NHL and the NHLPA have been engaged on plans to conduct the subsequent World Cup of Hockey, the premier worldwide best-on-best hockey match, in February 2024,” the 2 events mentioned in a joint assertion on Friday.
“Sadly, within the present atmosphere it’s not possible to carry the World Cup of Hockey at the moment.”
The match is held irregularly and has been loved thrice by hockey followers. The USA gained the inaugural occasion in 1996, earlier than Canada claimed high honors in 2004 and 2016.
The deliberate 2024 version is postponed amid the backdrop of political points corresponding to Russia’s army operation in Ukraine, which resulted in Russian groups being banned from a variety of worldwide sporting competitions.
Federations such because the Worldwide Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) heeded an Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) suggestion to ban Russia, and the NHL has been unable to substantiate whether or not a Russian crew will have the ability to take part within the World Cup of Hockey.
Regardless of the sanctions, the NHL permits a variety of high Russian stars corresponding to Alexander Ovechkin and Valeri Nichushkin to nonetheless play.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Invoice Daly indicated that Russians may have the ability to participate within the World Cup in September, saying: “Actually, we’d like that and I believe our Russian gamers would really like that. So we will surely wish to accommodate them in some credible means,” as quoted by ESPN.
The match was initially scheduled to happen over a 17-day interval in February 2024, and it wasn’t anticipated that there could be a Crew Europe and Crew North America collaborating.
As a substitute, ten conventional nationwide groups are tipped to play, with two nations eradicated from a qualification spherical as eight others compete for the title.
Nations corresponding to Canada, the US, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, and a few type of the Russian crew ought to characteristic in 2025. Different candidates to spherical out the pack embrace Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Norway.
A bunch for the World Cup of Hockey in 2025 is but to be introduced, after the US and Canada hosted in 1996, forward of Toronto, Canada taking up solely in 2004 and 2016.