NHL, NHLPA discussed midseason World Cup in 2020-21
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The NHL and NHLPA have discussed the possibility of hosting a smaller World Cup of Hockey in the middle of the 2020-21 season, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

The event would be a part of a larger international calendar both sides hope to negotiate during upcoming CBA talks, LeBrun adds.

Last week, the league announced it's abandoning the possibility of hosting a World Cup in September 2020 due to an unrealistic timeline in terms of preparation.

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NHL, NHLPA discussed midseason World Cup in 2020-21
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