NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly noted that it is important for the league that Russian NHL players have the opportunity to participate in a tournament in which the best
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The NHL would like to see the Russian national hockey team among the participants in the World Cup. About this Swedish newspaper Expressen declared Deputy League Commissioner Bill Daly.
“We want to see Russia at the World Cup when it is normal for Russia to participate in the tournament. We want Russian NHL players to have the opportunity to participate in a tournament where the best compete. We don’t think it’s fair to hold them responsible for decisions made by other people,” Daly said.
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In June, the NHL announced that they were working to prepare for the fourth World Cup, which is scheduled for February 2024. At least eight national teams must take part in the tournament, and the matches will be held in North America and Europe. In November, the NHL announced it would postpone the tournament until 2025. The league said it was not possible to host a tournament in February 2024 “under the current conditions”.
The Ice Hockey World Cup is not held under the auspices of the IIHF, which previously suspended the Russian team from the competition. The tournament is considered the most prestigious in this sport, along with the Olympics, the North American League hockey players missed the last two Olympics, and they will play in the World Cup.
Daly noted that the participation of the Russian team in the World Cup remains in question.
In total, the World Cup was held three times – in 1996, 2004 and 2016. In 2016, eight teams participated in the tournament – Russia, Canada, the USA, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic, as well as a team of young players from North America and a European team made up of representatives of Switzerland, Norway, Slovakia and other countries whose national teams do not received invitations. At that tournament, the Russian team led by Oleg Znark reached the semifinals, where they lost to the Canadians.