When Was The Last World Cup Of Hockey? [Ultimate Guide!]

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Since the last world cup of hockey was held in 2015, fans have been eagerly anticipating the return of the world’s greatest sport. While it’s great that the world cup is back, it’s been a while since the last edition came off the ice. Will this year’s world cup be the one to end the drought, or has the world gotten too small for the likes of the world cup?

The Last Major Tournament

This year will mark the 70th anniversary of the now-legendary tournament. Before the world cup, the hockey world had been on a hiatus since the last Olympic winter games in 1964. While there had been some exhibition games and a tournament in Europe in the interim, this year’s world cup will mark the first time that the best hockey players in the world have been able to strut their stuff on an international stage since then. After losing some of its former glory, will the world cup regain its title as the best tournament in the world?

The Last Major Tournament In The U.S.

The United States is arguably the world’s best hockey nation. With many great hockey players coming from the States, it’s no surprise that the country is home to some of the greatest hockey tournaments. The last major tournament before this year’s world cup was the 2015 Heritage Classic. That tournament was actually a pair of tournaments in the same city. The first was a regular season game between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators, and the other was a best-of-seven series between the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning. This is the second straight year that the Blackhawks have won the tournament. Will this year’s title be the beginning of a new golden era for the Chicago Blackhawks, or will history repeat itself and end up having been a one-off fluke?

The Last Major Tournament In Canada.

As a country whose team won the last world cup of hockey, Canada will be looking to defend its title this year with a revamped squad. After winning the last two world cups, will the Canadian team be looking to continue its domination, or will this year’s edition be the last in a long line for Canada?

Other Regions

Hockey isn’t the only sport that has seen a decline in international play over the last few years. Several other sports, such as handball and volleyball, have seen a similar trend. For whatever reason, the last decade has seen the number of international matches decrease. Will this trend continue and other sports, such as basketball and soccer, continue to see a decline in international competitions, or is this just a blip on the radar that will be corrected as soon as the world cup is over?

The Timeline

Let’s take a look at some of the key events in the history of hockey, shall we?

The first Stanley Cup was won by the Toronto St. Patricks in 1922. It was a year before the Great Depression hit, and families couldn’t afford the luxury of owning a television set, so the sport wasn’t popularised outside of Canada.

The first-ever international match, which pitted Canada against the United States, took place in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1904. It was a two-game series, and the NHL game was played in a blizzard. The U.S. squad won the first game 4-2, and Canada won the next 3-2.

The two-time defending champions Chicago Black Hawks defeated the Canadiens in seven games to win the first-ever Stanley Cup in 1961. This was also the year that Canada became the dominant hockey nation, winning the world cup for the fourth time. While it’s great that the game is back and alive again, one has to wonder if there’s any correlation between the end of the “Cold War” and the demise of the international game.

Will This Be The Last World Cup Of Hockey?

History books can be rewritten, and perhaps this year’s world cup will be the definitive one that marks the end of the “hockey winter” and the start of a new era. We’ll have to wait and see how the tournament plays out before we can definitively say that this year’s edition will mark the end of the world cup drought. What we do know is that this year’s edition will be the last major tournament before the next big sport hits the scene. In 2022, the Olympics will be held in Beijing, and it will undoubtedly be the biggest event in Chinese sport. Will China continue to back sports in the country, or will they focus solely on hockey and eliminate other games? No one knows, but what we do know is that the world of sport is about to change once again.

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