TORONTO — The NHL is heading back to the Olympics.
Commissioner Gary Bettman announced today during the league's all-star festivities that its players will be allowed to compete at the 2026 Winter Games in Milan and Cortina, Italy, and at the 2030 Games, which is currently without a host city.
The NHL went to the Games five times between 1998 and 2014 — the last best-on-best men's tournament — before skipping the 2018 event for financial reasons.
The league was set to return to the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, but backed out because of COVID-19 concerns.
The league last held a World Cup in 2016. That event featured an under-23 Team North America and Team Europe made up of small hockey powers.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 2, 2024.
The Canadian Press