(CBS) In an interview with the Mully and Hanley Show on Monday morning, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reiterated his support for having a World Cup-style international hockey tournament instead of having NHL players participate in the Olympics once every four years.
“The World Cup is obviously an option, and it’s desirable on a whole host of levels, not the least of which is we don’t have to do it in the middle of the season,” Bettman said. “But even beyond that, we get to control what goes on. We get to set it up, we get to have the access that we want for our hockey people, for our fans, for our media partners, and that’s something you don’t get with the Olympics. And so the whole combination of factors — and we have a history and tradition of Canada Cups and World Cups — that’s something I’d like to see, and that’s something that we are talking to the players’ association about because when we do international competition like that, we do do that jointly with the players’ association.
“There are a lot of advantages to us and our fans and the game and the players by having a World Cup.”