Darius Kasparaitis reacted to the decision to put the competition back until 2025
Darius Kasparaitis thinks he knows why the World Cup of Hockey has been postponed © Elsa/Getty Images © Getty Images
The decision of the NHL and its players’ association to postpone the World Cup of Hockey until February 2025 was influenced by the question of whether Russians will be able to participate, according to a hockey legend.
The two organizations announced the postponement on Friday in a joint statement. “Over the last year, the NHL and the NHLPA have been working on plans to conduct the next World Cup of Hockey, the premier international best-on-best hockey tournament, in February 2024,” they said.
“Unfortunately, in the current environment it is not feasible to hold the World Cup of Hockey at that time.”
According to Olympic gold medalist Darius Kasparaitis, however, the question hanging over Russia’s participation in the tournament “is one of the main reasons for the postponement”.