The NHL reportedly will continue to send teams to Europe to kick off its regular season, and the world's best players will meet in the 2011 World Cup of Hockey after the league and players' association reached a compromise on how revenues will be divvied up.
According to ESPN.com, the NHL will send six teams to three European cities to start the 2009-2010 season. That number is expected to grow to eight teams the following season.
St. Louis, Detroit, Florida and Chicago are among the candidates heading to Europe next fall.
Berlin, Prague, Czech Republic and Helsinki, Finland have been mentioned as possible sites for the games.
The NHL began playing games in Europe in the fall 2007 when Anaheim played Los Angeles in London.
Last September, Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers opened their regular season in Prague, and Pittsburgh and Ottawa started with two games in Stockholm, Sweden.
The first World Cup of Hockey — formerly known as the Canada Cup — was held in 1996 and was won by the United States. The next World Cup of Hockey wasn't held until 2004. Canada won the gold, but it was played on the eve of the lockout and wasn't as popular as the event eight years earlier.
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PHT: Detroit scored four unanswered goals to top Chicago 4-1 on Saturday. The Western semifinals are now level at one game apiece. Game 3 is on Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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