The return of the World Cup of Hockey will take place Sept. 15 through Oct. 1, 2016, according to a report out of the Czech Republic.
Speaking at the IIHF congress in Tenerife, Spain, NHLPA chief Donald Fehr reportedly confirmed the dates and the top six participants.
Told by high-level source that Sept. 15-Oct. 1, 2016 are working dates for reborn World Cup of Hockey. Nothing confirmed yet.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) September 23, 2014
As first reported by Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, the event will be held before the 2016-17 season, largely in Toronto. Discussion between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association continues as details around the relaunch are still being worked out.
The international tournament, last held in 2004, will involve teams from eight countries. Canada, the United States, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic will be six of the teams. The final two spots have yet to be decided and could be determined by a play-in qualification game(s).
According to the new report, IIHF president Rene Fasel will fly to Toronto in October to work out details with the NHL and the PA.
Both the league and the Players’ Association maintain that an official announcement of the event isn’t imminent.
As @reporterchris reported in June, the World Cup of Hockey will take place in September of 2016. Agreement expected by end of October.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) September 23, 2014