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World Cup Of Hockey Reportedly Set For '16 In Toronto; NHL Stays Mum On Olympics
Published June 5, 2014
DOES THAT MAKE CENTS? Bettman yesterday during his annual state of the league address at the Stanley Cup Final called the league's talks with the NHLPA about the return of the World Cup of Hockey "very substantive." But he added the plans are not "fully baked." The AP's Greg Beacham noted the tournament has not been held since '04, but the hockey world "has been talking for months about the return of the summer tournament." The event "would be lucrative to the NHL and the players' union, and it wouldn't require a three-week league shutdown in the middle of a season, as the Olympics do" (AP, 6/4). In Toronto, Damien Cox writes the NHL and NHLPA "say they were happy with the recent Sochi Olympic tourney, but nobody was particularly impressed with the entertainment provided on the larger international ice surface." The NHL and the union "might convince themselves they can do better, and this way they’d get the revenues and profits, not the IOC" (TORONTO STAR, 6/5).