NHL World Cup of Hockey 2016: Latest Details, Location, Date and More

January 24th, 2015 by Mike Chiari Leave a reply »

After a 12-year hiatus, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Saturday that the World Cup of Hockey will return in 2016.

The NHL's Twitter account made it official from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, as part of the 2015 All-Star Game festivities:

According to NHL.com's Dan Rosen, the event will take place in September:

Here is a look at the backdrop for the landmark announcement, courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus:

According to ESPN.com's Scott Burnside, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be hosted in Toronto, and it will have a different format than past versions of the tournament.

It will feature eight teams, six of which are Canada, the United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. The other two will add an interesting wrinkle, as one will be comprised of European all-stars from countries not included, and the other will be an under-23 North American all-star team.

In addition to that, the final will be a best-of-three series, as was the case when Team USA beat Canada in 1996.

Per NHL.com, ...

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