The 2016 World Cup of Hockey has wrapped up and Team Canada has skated away with an extremely awkward trophy. Now that the tournament is over, it’s time to start discussing what can be improved for future iterations.

There were some great stories from the renewed World Cup (that’s you, Team North America) and some stories which didn’t go over too well (attendance issues, ESPN’s broadcast, Team USA’s collapse). More on both the good and the bad in our best/worst column. Problems aside, the NHL has committed a huge amount of money into the World Cup in the hopes of owning a marquee international moneymaker, which means the tournament won’t be going away anytime soon.

Here are five ways the NHL can improve on the World Cup of Hockey for its next installment.

Force the broadcast to step its game up

ESPN returned to hockey with its coverage of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Their return wasn’t graceful as the CGI ads along the boards and disastrous commentary were the biggest talking points among hockey fans. The ads were distracting (which means they were a huge success in the eyes of marketing professionals) and often were confusing as they only appeared on a couple of the camera angles during the broadcast.

As the camera shifted angles, suddenly the players were in front of a Tim Hortons ad instead of a Gatorade ad. That’s a problem as viewers grow accustomed to setting their bearings to the area surrounding the action and that’s difficult to do when things are constantly changing.

As for the commentary… yikes. It wasn’t all bad, but the bad was particularly bad.

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