The World Cup of Hockey is coming, and it’s about to get bigger and better than ever.
And you know what?
You should really start preparing.
Here are six things you need to know about the event:1.
There will be more than 40 countries represented in the tournament.
The format of the tournament has changed, but the focus is still on North America.
The World Cup will feature 40 teams competing in a double-header of two matches each on June 15 and June 16, the same day that the World Cup officially begins in Brazil.
The tournament is being billed as the largest outdoor tournament in world hockey, and the World Junior Championship, the World Championships, and other marquee events will also be held there.
The top two teams from each tournament will advance to the semifinals and finals.
This will be the first-of-its-kind tournament in North America since the 1992 Winter Olympics in Los Angeles.
The inaugural World Cup was played in the United States, with Canada and the United Kingdom representing the United Nations.
The U.S. team won the tournament in 1992.
The event was not held in the U.K., which is the most populous country in the world, until 2022.
The new format will see the top two from each country representing their country in both tournaments.
There is a bidding war to determine the host country.
The bidding war will begin in February.
It will be up to the 20 NHL teams to bid on the host nation.
The bidding process for the 2022 World Cup has already been underway for a year.
There are two main options: the bid from the host nations or from one of the six NHL owners who have so far expressed interest.
There were three bids from the NHL owners.
The NHL is expected to announce the winner by early February.4.
The players are going to be in Toronto for the tournament, which is slated for June 15-16.
It’s the most expensive World Cup tournament ever.
The previous World Cup, held in 1995 in Vancouver, was $5.2 billion, with each country taking home $1.3 billion.
The 2024 World Cup would cost an estimated $7.5 billion.
This year’s tournament will cost an additional $2.8 billion.
The host country will get a chance to bid for the 2019 World Cup in 2022.
The bidding process will be held in a private, closed-door meeting.
The hosts will also get a spot on the podium during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where they will be able to showcase their bid to host the 2022 tournament.
It is not clear when the process will begin, but there are several key factors that could sway a host nation’s decision.
The 2019 World Championship will be played in Vancouver.
The World Junior Championships will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The 2018 World Cup took place in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In the 2022 event, Canada will host.
The 2022 World Championships will also take place in Montreal, Quebec, while the 2018 World Championships in St Petersburg will be hosted in Los Altos, California.
The 2023 World Cup should be held at the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
There are some questions about how the bidding process would work.
Who will be bidding for the 2024 World Championship?
Will the host team win the bidding war?
What will be included in the bids?
What if one or more of the bids don’t make it?
Will any bid get the chance to compete?
What are the chances that a host country won’t make the cut?
And will any bid be awarded to a country that was not in the bidding wars?
We will keep you posted as the bidding deadline nears.
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