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NHL commissioner Bettman: League, NHLPA making progress on plans for World Cup of Hockey

Wednesday, 06.04.2014 / 8:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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NHL commissioner Bettman: League, NHLPA making progress on plans for World Cup of Hockey

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The NHL and the players' union are deep in conversations about staging another World Cup of Hockey in two years.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league and the NHLPA have held "very substantive discussions" recently about the return of the tournament, which hasn't been held since 2004.

Bettman says the plans aren't "fully baked," but the hockey world has been talking for months about the return of the potentially lucrative summer tournament, likely in September 2016.

The 2004 World Cup of Hockey was staged in seven cities in North America and Europe, with the final in Toronto.

Bettman also says the NHL's continued participation in the Olympics hasn't been discussed. After consecutive Winter Olympics in hockey hotbeds Canada and Russia, the 2018 Games are in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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