The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have announced there will be no World Cup of Hockey in 2020, amid uncertainty over labor relations in the ice hockey league.
The two parties issued statements after meeting in Toronto on Wednesday as part of collective bargaining talks.
The current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and NHLPA runs through 2022, but both sides hold options that can be activated this September to curtail the relationship on September 15, 2020. With dialogue ongoing over player escrow payments and Olympic participation, neither side could guarantee there would be no player strike in 2020.
The NHL said: “The NHL and the NHLPA had another constructive meeting today in Toronto. While the parties have now jointly concluded that it is no longer realistic to try to schedule a World Cup of Hockey for the fall of 2020, they plan to continue their dialog with the hope of being able to schedule the next World Cup event as part of a broader agreement, which would include a long-term international calendar.”
The NHLPA stated: “The players are focused on finding the proper time to schedule the World Cup of Hockey within the context of an overall international hockey calendar. We look forward to continuing our discussions with the league.”
The World Cup of Hockey has been held sporadically, first in 1996, then in 2004. It was not revived until 2016 but the hopes had been for a tournament to be held in the fall of 2020.