TORONTO -- A return of the World Cup of Hockey is the focus of the international hockey calendar for the League, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday at the Primetime Sports Management Conference.
Bettman said the NHL's participation in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games is still undecided, and hasn't been at the forefront of discussion in part because of an effort to try and revive the World Cup. Bettman said the League is not ready to make an announcement on when the next World Cup of Hockey would be, but they are working toward an agreement with the National Hockey League Players' Association.
The World Cup of Hockey, which is the successor to the Canada Cup, was first played in 1996. It was also played in 2004, but has been dormant since.
"We really haven't thought about [the Olympics]," Bettman said. "We are focused with the Players' Association on a World Cup. That's been getting all of our attention, and it is something we do jointly with the Players' Association so that is what we're focused on."