World Cup a tease of global proportions

A year from now the second edition of the World Cup of Hockey will be well under way, creating a grand spectacle of competition on two continents. Then the 2004-05 NHL season will be pulled out from under us.

Updated: September 4, 2003, 11:39 AM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

Oh, the irony. If there were any justice, everyone involved will draw gross misconduct penalties for taunting.

A year from now, the eight-team 2004 World Cup of Hockey will be in its early stages, in Europe and North America, building momentum and interest for a one-shot, Sept. 14 championship game in Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

And it will be a joint production of the NHL and the NHL Players' Association, which at that very moment will be engaging in a stare-down as a deadline looms.

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