2016 Hockey World Cup Preview

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For the 1st time since 2004, NHL players are meeting in a Best-on-Best Tournament outside The Olympic. Starting September 17th, they will all gather at The Air Canada Centre in Toronto for The 2016 Hockey World Cup. It’s a two-week international tournament, featuring more than 170 of the best players in the NHL. This is the 3rd installment of this tournament, it was last held in 2004 with Canada winning it. Before 2004, it was in 1996, the 1st installment of it, when the USA won it. The reason for it reviving is the ongoing issue between The NHL and the IOC about NHL players participating in the next Winter Olympics in PyeongChang in 2018. but that’s a discussion for another time. Here we’re going to preview the event, introduce the teams and get you all the information you need to get ready for Tournament.

TOURNAMENT BREAKDOWN:

There will be 8 teams in this year’s tournament as announced by The IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation), The NHL and The NHLPA on Sept 10th of 2015. The teams are as follows:

Canada

The Czech Republic

Team USA

Team Europe

Team North America

Finland

Sweden

Russia

The 8 teams are grouped into 2 pools: Group A and Group B.

Group A consists of: Canada, The Czech Republic, Team USA and Team Europe.

Group B consists of: Team North America, Finland, Sweden and Russia.

The 8 teams will compete in Round Robin play from Sept 17th to Sept 22nd with the top 2 teams from each pool moving on to The Knockout Stage.

In the Knockout Stage, you’ll have 2 Semifinal Single Elimination games on Sept 24th and 25th. The winners of those 2 semifinal games move on to the Final, where they will play a Best-of-3 for The Championship. Game 1 start on Sept 27th, Game 2 on the 29th and if we need a Game 3, that will be on Oct 1st.

SCHEDULE:

All games are broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 & ESPNEWS in The US and Sportsnet in Canada.

Sep 17, 3:30 p.m., Group Play: USA vs. Europe, ESPN2

Sep 17, 8 p.m., Group Play: Czech Republic vs. Canada, ESPNEWS

Sep 18, 3 p.m., Group Play: Sweden vs. Russia, ESPN

Sep 18, 8 p.m., Group Play: North America vs. Finland, ESPN2

Sep 19, 3 p.m., Group Play: Europe vs. Czech Republic, ESPN2

Sep 19, 8 p.m., Group Play: Russia vs. North America, ESPN2

Sep 20, 3 p.m., Group Play: Finland vs. Sweden, ESPN

Sep 20, 8 p.m., Group Play: Canada vs. USA, ESPN

Sep 21, 3 p.m., Group Play: North America vs. Sweden, ESPN

Sep 21, 8 p.m., Group Play: Europe vs Canada, ESPN2

Sep 22, 3 p.m., Group Play: Finland vs. Russia, ESPN

Sep 22, 8 p.m., Group Play: USA vs. Czech Republic, ESPN2

Sep 24, 7 p.m., Semifinal one, ESPN2

Sep 25, 1 p.m., Semifinal two, ESPN

Sep 27, 8 p.m., Final: Game one, ESPN

Sep 29, 8 p.m., Final: Game two, ESPN2

Oct 1, 7 p.m., Final: Game three (if necessary), ESPN2

 

The Rosters of the 8 teams are as follows:

TEAM CANADA

Forwards:

Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars; Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins; Jeff Carter, Los Angeles Kings; Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins; Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche; Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks; Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers; Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins; Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars; Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning; John Tavares, New York Islanders; Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks; Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks

Defensemen:

Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks; Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings; Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks; Jake Muzzin, Los Angeles Kings; Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues; Marc-Edouard Vlasic, San Jose Sharks; Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

Goaltenders:

Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks; Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals; Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

 

TEAM NORTH AMERICA – a team of players from The US & Canada age 23 & under.

Forwards:

Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers; Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning; Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres; Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames; Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings; Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche; Auston Matthews, Zurich (SUI); Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers; J.T. Miller, New York Rangers; Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers; Brandon Saad, Columbus Blue Jackets; Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets

Defense:

Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers; Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers; Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets; Ryan Murray, Columbus Blue Jackets; Colton Parayko, St. Louis Blues; Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs; Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg Jets

Goalies:

John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks; Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets; Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins

 

TEAM USA

Forwards:

Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings; David Backes, St. Louis Blues; Brandon Dubinsky, Columbus Blue Jackets; Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks; Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks; T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals; Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens; Kyle Palmieri,; Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild; Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks; Derek Stepan, New York Rangers; James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs; Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets

Defensemen:

Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets; John Carlson, Washington Capitals; Erik Johnson, Colorado Avalanche; Jack Johnson, Columbus Blue Jackets; Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers; Matt Niskanen, Washington Capitals; Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild

Goalies:

Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning; Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings; Cory Schneider,
TEAM EUROPE

Forwards:

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Philadelphia Flyers (France); Mikkel Boedker, Colorado Avalanche (Denmark); Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers (Germany); Marian Gaborik, Los Angeles Kings (Slovakia); Jannik Hansen, Vancouver Canucks (Denmark); Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks (Slovakia); Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings (Slovenia); Nino Niederreiter, Minnesota Wild (Switzerland); Frans Nielsen, New York Islanders (Denmark); Tobias Rieder, Arizona Coyotes (Germany); Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings (Slovakia); Thomas Vanek, Minnesota Wild (Austria); Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers (Norway)

Defensemen:

Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins (Slovakia); Christian Ehrhoff, Chicago Blackhawks (Germany); Roman Josi, Nashville Predators (Switzerland); Dennis Seidenberg, Boston Bruins (Germany); Andrej Sekera, Edmonton Oilers (Slovakia); Luca Sbisa, Vancouver Canucks (Switzerland); Mark Streit, Philadelphia Flyers (Switzerland)

Goalies:

Frederik Andersen, Anaheim Ducks (Denmark); Thomas Greiss, New York Islanders (Germany); Jaroslav Halak, New York Islanders (Slovakia)
TEAM SWEDEN

Forwards:

Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals; Loui Eriksson, Boston Bruins; Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators; Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins; Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh Penguins; Marcus Kruger, Chicago Blackhawks; Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche; Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks; Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks; Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim Ducks; Carl Soderberg, Colorado Avalanche; Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues; Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

Defensemen:

Mattias Ekholm, Nashville Predators; Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes; Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning; Niklas Hjalmarsson, Chicago Blackhawks; Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators; Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red Wings; Anton Stralman, Tampa Bay Lightning

Goalies:

Robin Lehner, Buffalo Sabres; Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers; Jacob Markstrom, Vancouver Canucks
TEAM RUSSIA

Forwards:

Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks; Evgeny Dadonov, SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL); Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings; Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning; Nikolay Kulemin, New York Islanders;Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals; Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins; Vladislav Namestnikov, Tampa Bay Lightning; Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals; Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks; Vadim Shipachyov, SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL); Ivan Telegin, CSKA Moscow (KHL); Vladimir Tarasenko, St. Louis Blues

Defensemen:

Alexei Emelin, Montreal Canadiens; Dmitry Kulikov, Florida Panthers; Alexey Marchenko, Detroit Red Wings; Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens; Dmitry Orlov, Washington Capitals; Nikita Zaitsev, Toronto Maple Leafs

Goalies:

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets; Semyon Varlamov, Colorado Avalanche; Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning
TEAM CZECH REPUBLIC

Forwards:

Radek Faksa, Dallas Stars; Michael Frolik, Calgary Flames; Martin Hanzal, Arizona Coyotes; Ales Hemsky, Dallas Stars; Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks; Dmitrij Jaskin, St. Louis Blues; David Krejci, Boston Bruins; Milan Michalek, Toronto Maple Leafs; Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning; David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins; Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens; Vladimir Sobotka, Avangard Omsk (KHL); Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers

Defensemen:

Radko Gudas, Philadelphia Flyers; Michal Jordan, Carolina Hurricanes; Michal Kempny, Chicago Blackhawks; Zbynek Michalek, Arizona Coyotes; Jakub Nakladal, Calgary Flames; Roman Polak, San Jose Sharks; Andrej Sustr, Tampa Bay Lightning

Goalies:

Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings; Michal Neuvirth, Philadelphia Flyers; Ondrej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets
TEAM FINLAND

Forwards:

Sebastian Aho, Karpat (FIN); Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers; Joonas Donskoi, San Jose Sharks; Valtteri Filppula, Tampa Bay Lightning; Mikael Granlund, Minnesota Wild; Erik Haula, Minnesota Wild; Jussi Jokinen, Florida Panthers; Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild; Leo Komarov, Toronto Maple Leafs; Lauri Korpikoski, Edmonton Oilers; Patrik Laine, Tappara (FIN); Jori Lehtera, St. Louis Blues; Teuvo Teravainen, Chicago Blackhawks

Defensemen:

Jyrki Jokipakka, Calgary Flames; Sami Lepisto, Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL); Esa Lindell, Dallas Stars; Olli Maatta, Pittsburgh Penguins; Ville Pokka, Chicago Blackhawks; Rasmus Ristolainen, Buffalo Sabres; Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks

Goalies:

Mikko Koskinen, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL); Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins; Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

 

At 1st glance over the rosters of all 8 teams, you can tell there’s no void of star power and talent in this tournament. All the experts are picking Team Canada to win this event and with the superstars they possess on their roster it’s easy to see why they are the overwhelming favorites. 2nd would be the Team USA, then Team Russia as the Top 3 in the tournament. This figures to be a great 2 weeks of Hockey in Toronto. With any tournament beit on The international stage like this or The Olympics it’s all about who gets hot and has the momentum as they play throughout the tournament. So come Sept 17th Hockey will return then we get ready for The NHL season.

 

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