Daly, however, adds that holding the next tournament is contingent on neither the NHL or NHLPA exercising its right to terminate the collective bargaining agreement in 2019, Masisak notes. If the agreement gets terminated or reopened, a World Cup in Fall 2020 is unlikely.
The tournament was last held in 2016 because the NHL didn’t allow its players to compete in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. The 2016 World Cup had eight teams: Canada (players age 24 and older), Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, United States (players age 24 and older), Team Europe (players from other European nations) and Team North America (players age 23 and under from Canada and United States).
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, defenseman Duncan Keith and center Jonathan Toews won the tournament with Canada, who defeated Team Europe 2-0 in a best-of-three final.
Six other Blackhawks competed in the tournament: Artem Anisimov and Artemi Panarin (Russia), Teuvo Teravainen (Finland), Niklas Hjalmarsson (Sweden), Marian Hossa (Europe) and Patrick Kane (United States).
Toews led all Chicago skaters in scoring with three goals and five points in six games.
The 2020 World Cup would mark the fourth edition, with the first two coming in 1996 and 2004.