Press Release: Sportsnet Acquires Exclusive Canadian English-Language Multimedia Rights to 2016 World Cup of Hockey

Sportsnet (logo via Wikimedia)

Sportsnet (logo via Wikimedia)

TORONTO (March 4, 2015) The greatest hockey players in the game today will be descending on Toronto in 2016, and Sportsnet will be providing Canadians with some of the best seats in the house. Announced today in partnership with the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association, Sportsnet has acquired the exclusive Canadian English-language multimedia rights for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

The agreement includes television, online and mobile rights for the two-week tournament. All games of the tournament will be broadcast. Sportsnet will announce additional details at a later date.

“Without a doubt, this tournament is going to be one of the biggest and best events in 2016,” said Scott Moore, President, Sportsnet & NHL Properties, Rogers. “The country’s passion for the game has never been stronger, and it will be incredible for Canadians to experience this event on home ice. This world-class event will enrich our industry-leading hockey offering and continue our strong partnerships with the NHL and NHLPA.”

Returning after a 12-year hiatus, 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto in September and October of 2016. The tournament is a joint effort of the NHLPA and the NHL, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation. This marks the first time Sportsnet will broadcast the World Cup of Hockey. TVA Sports, Sportsnet’s French-language partner, has acquired the Canadian French-language multimedia rights, and will be the exclusive Francophone broadcaster of the tournament.

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