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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Now is the time for the best players in the NHL to stand up the way they do when the Stanley Cup is on the line. Because if they don’t push the issue on Olympic participation, the NHL will be more than happy to trash the entire concept.
The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced the details of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will be played in Toronto Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2016. Both sides spoke of the event in glowing terms and there was much singing from the same songbook. That’s because both sides stand to gain a mother lode of money from a World Cup. The profits for the event are split 50-50 between the NHLPA and the league, meaning they will not be part of Hockey Related Revenues and will have no bearing on the salary cap. Each side is free to take its money and do with it whatever it wants.
So it comes as no surprise that Kumbaya will be used as the national anthem for the Young Stars under-23 team and We Are Family will be the anthem for the Pan-European team.
But make no mistake. When it comes to the Olympics, the two sides are completely opposed.
NHL, NHLPA ANNOUNCE 2016 WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY . . .
The NHL and NHLPA announced that the World Cup of Hockey will return in September 2016 in Toronto, Canada, where eight teams, comprised of the world’s best hockey players, will compete in a best-on-best international hockey tournament.
The World Cup of Hockey is a joint effort of the NHL and NHLPA, in cooperation with the IIHF. It is expected that more than 150 of the best players in the NHL will participate in the tournament.
The eight teams will be divided into two groups of four, with each competing in three tournament games (within their assigned group) in a round-robin format. The top two finishers in each group will advance to a single-game semifinal against a team from the other group. Winners of the semifinal games will advance to a best-of-three final round.
All tournament games (round-robin, semifinal and final) will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto from Sept. 17 – Oct. 1, 2016.
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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
This is just the beginning. When the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association stage the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto – featuring the Big Six nations, plus a team of other Europeans and one of 23-and-under North Americans, unfortunately – it will be the first step in what NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called their “joint vision for international hockey.”
“The aspiration,” said John Collins, the NHL’s chief operating officer, “is to build a global brand and a global business.”
The NHL and the NHLPA announced the World Cup on Saturday at the All-Star Game. But they are working on a Ryder Cup concept – say, a best-of-5 series between North American and European NHL stars in a city like London or Berlin in 2018. They’re researching expanding eligibility requirements so NHL players who can’t make their national teams can represent other nations where they have roots – say, England or Italy. They hope to hold a qualifying tournament in 2019 to fill out the 2020 World Cup, so they don’t need teams of other Europeans and 23-and-under North Americans and the World Cup can become a pure nation-on-nation tournament.
New York/Toronto (January 24, 2015) – The World Cup of Hockey will return in September 2016 in Toronto, Canada when eight teams, comprised of the world’s best hockey players, compete for a best-on-best international hockey championship, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today. The World Cup of Hockey is a joint effort of the NHLPA and the NHL, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It is expected that more than 150 of the best players in the NHL will participate in this tournament in what should be the biggest celebration of the game.
The eight teams will be divided into two Groups of four, and each will compete in three tournament games within their assigned Group in a round-robin format. The top two finishers in each Group will advance to a single game semi-final against a team from the other Group. Winners of the semi-final games will advance to a best-of-three final round. All tournament games (round-robin, semi-final and final) will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto from September 17 - October 1, 2016.
“We are thrilled to partner with the NHLPA in planning and producing what we expect will be the world’s best international hockey tournament,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will highlight not only our global reach, but also the skill and passion of the world’s best athletes. We would like to thank our international partners – the IIHF and their members – for their cooperation in helping to make this event a reality.”
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Memo to the league: Shea Weber thinks NHLers should go to the 2018 Olympics -- even if they are being held halfway around the world.
Would you argue with Weber, one of the toughest hombres in the game and a two-time gold medal winner with Team Canada?
“The Olympic experience is incredible,” Weber said Friday. “When it comes to representing your country, what can top that?”
Weber’s sentiments were echoed by the likes of John Tavares and Steven Stamkos. But will their voices be heard by NHL owners?
from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,
According to reports, the NHL and NHLPA are expected to announce the details Friday for the return of the World Cup of Hockey. Among those details is a new team of European All-Stars that would comprise of players who aren't from the Czech Republic, Russia, Finland or Sweden.
If Streit were selected, he'd be suiting up with players like Slovakians Tomas Tatar and Zdeno Chara, Solvenian-born Anze Kopitar and Norwegian Mats Zuccarello.
"I don't like it at all. Not one thing about it," Streit said. "It's a nations tournament. You love playing for your country."
The format of the new World Cup, which hasn't been played since 2004, is to have the European All-Star team, a North American "Young Guns" team comprised of players under 23 years old, Canada, the U.S. and the four aforementioned European nations.
"It's supposed to be the top eight (countries)," said Streit, who represented Switzerland in 12 World Championships. "For players, you want to play for your team. That's the whole purpose of it. I don't know. I don't like it at all. There's supposed to be the top eight. Go with that. Whoever's in is in; whoever's not is not. This is…I don't know."
The TSN Insiders talked Leafs first, the World Cup of Hockey, outdoor games for next season, the Rangers looking for a faceoff man and the future of Sekera with the Hurricanes.
Also what will Martin Brodeur do, we should know after the All-Star game.
Meanwhile I will just call it a money grab until proven wrong.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Swirling rumors suggest that we're just days away from the official announcement of the next World Cup of Hockey and it appears the early talk about the tournament set-up is true. The eight-team event will reportedly feature entries from Canada, the United States, Russia, Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic, with two “at-large” clubs rounding out the field. The first will be made up of young stars from around the NHL while the second will be comprised of top players from countries that are not sending their national teams.
Nothing wrong with tossing around new ideas, but it is hard to believe that either of these stuck. Both pose obvious problems.
Take the young stars plan: Will national teams be allowed to claim a player who falls under the age limit if he's one of their best? Does a 20-year-old such as Filip Forsberg suit up for Sweden or the young stars? What about 22-year-old Gabe Landeskog? If skaters of their caliber are kept from the national team, then the World Cup risks losing any claim to being a best-on-best tournament.
And what about Team Potpourri? Sure, it offers a chance for players from lesser national sides like Anze Kopitar (Slovenia) or Mats Zuccarello (Norway) to take part, but has anyone asked the guys who'd have to suit up for this polyglot if they even want to?
“I don't know all the details, but I don't know how excited I am about it,” one NHL player told SI.com recently. “You want to represent your country [in an event like this], not just play on a team.”
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