2025 4 Nations Face-Off

Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Connor McDavid, Brad Marchand and Brayden Point have been named to Canada’s roster for the inaugural 2025 4 Nations Face-Off.
Jon Cooper will lead Canada as head coach at the 2025 4 Nations Face-Off and 2026 Olympic Winter Games.

NHL 4 Nations Face-Off: A Landmark International Tournament Announced

The NHL 4 Nations Face-Off is set to transform international hockey competitions, bringing together the best talent from Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the United States. Announced at the 2024 NHL All-Star Game on February 2, 2024, by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, this prestigious event will be hosted in two iconic locations: Montreal's Bell Centre and Boston's TD Garden. The announcement, made alongside NHLPA Executive Director Marty Walsh, featured prominent NHL stars Connor McDavid, Sebastian Aho, Elias Pettersson, and Auston Matthews, who will be key players in this thrilling tournament that will replace the 2025 NHL All-Star Game.

Key Details of the NHL 4 Nations Face-Off

Event Overview:

  • Event Name: NHL 4 Nations Face-Off
  • Participating Teams: Canada, Finland, Sweden, United States
  • Event Date: 2025
  • Format: Round-robin tournament followed by a one-game final

Team Composition:

  • Each team will consist of 23 NHL players (20 skaters, 3 goalies).
  • Players must be under an NHL contract for the 2024-25 season and on an NHL roster as of December 2, 2024.
  • National associations (Hockey Canada, Finnish Ice Hockey Association, Swedish Ice Hockey Association, USA Hockey) will select the players.

Tournament Structure:

  • Round-Robin: Each team plays three games.
  • Points System:
    • 3 points for a win in regulation
    • 2 points for a win in overtime or shootout
    • 1 point for a loss in overtime or shootout
    • 0 points for a loss in regulation
  • Final: The top two teams will compete in a one-game final.

Game Rules:

  • All games will follow NHL rules and be played on NHL-sized rinks.
  • Overtime Rules:
    • Round-Robin: 3-on-3 sudden death for 10 minutes, followed by a three-round shootout if needed.
    • Final: 5-on-5 sudden death in 20-minute periods until a goal is scored.

Future International Hockey Plans

In addition to the NHL 4 Nations Face-Off, Bettman confirmed NHL players' participation in the 2026 and 2030 Winter Olympics, marking their return after missing the 2018 and 2022 games. Furthermore, the league plans to host the next World Cups of Hockey in 2028 and 2032, continuing the tradition from the last edition held in 2016.

The NHL 4 Nations Face-Off promises to be a thrilling showcase of hockey excellence, featuring top-tier players from four of the sport's most passionate nations. Fans can look forward to intense competition and high-stakes games that will set the stage for future international tournaments.

Stay tuned for more updates as we approach this landmark event in the hockey calendar!