Wednesday February 4th, 2015

ESPN has won the bidding to broadcast the World Cup of Hockey when it returns in 2016, TSN's Rick Westhead reports

The NHL announced the return of the World Cup on Jan. 24. The games will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto before the start of the 2016 NHL season. The eight-team field will be composed of Canada, the United States, the Czech Republic, Russia, Finland and Sweden, plus a team of players from other European countries and a team of North American players under the age of 23.

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The World Cup was contested in 2004 and 1996, and preceded by the Canada Cup tournament, which was played five times between 1976 and 1991. 

The return of the World Cup has led to speculation that NHL could prevent its players from participating in future Olympics. 

ESPN has not broadcast NHL hockey since the end of the 2004-05 lockout. 

- Dan Gartland

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