The NHL and NHLPA announced the pre-tournament schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on Wednesday, detailing where all eight teams will hold training camps before the big September event in Toronto.
Columbus will host the training camp for Team USA beginning Monday, September 5, and it'll close with a pre-tournament exhibition game against Canada at Nationwide Arena, home of the Blue Jackets, on Friday, September 9. Team USA will then go on to Ottawa to take on the Canadians on their soil in another exhibition on September 10.
Following the Ottawa game, Team USA will move south to Washington, D.C., where they will hold three days of practice and a final exhibition game against Finland at that city's Verizon Center.
All told, six North American cities will be host to pre-tournament games: Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Columbus, D.C., and Pittsburgh. Notably absent from that list ... Philadelphia, which I've heard is a pretty solid hockey city. It was also home to the first ever World Cup of Hockey twenty years ago, in 1996. But, nevertheless. Nothing here this time. Maybe it's because, as our friend Sean Leahy points out, Adele is in town on September 9 and 10.
Anyway, here's everything we know about the 2016 World Cup so far. The tournament begins September 17 in Toronto and could end as late as October 1. ESPN will broadcast in the U.S.
The 8 teams
- United States
- Team North America, which consists of 23-and-under players from the USA and Canada.
- Czech Republic
- Team Europe, which consists of players from the other European countries
Preliminary round groups were announced on Wednesday. In Group A will be the United States, Canada, Czech Republic, Team Europe. In Group B will be Team North America, Russia, Sweden and Finland.
Training camp details
Here's the training camp info for all teams in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. pic.twitter.com/OtHcZd8PSN— Travis Hughes (@TravisSBN) December 16, 2015
Camps will begin on September 4th or 5th, depending on the country. Full details for each camp will be announced by each nation at a later date.
Each team plays 3 pre-tournament games
Thursday, September 8
- Czech Republic vs. Russia: Ice Palace; St. Petersburg. Start time TBD – TBD, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
- Sweden vs. Finland: Hartwall Arena; Helsinki. Noon ET/7 p.m. local – TBD, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
- Europe vs. North America: Videotron Centre; Quebec City. 8 p.m. ET – ESPN2, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Friday, September 9
- Canada vs. USA: Nationwide Arena; Columbus. 7 p.m. ET – TBD, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Saturday, September 10
- Russia vs. Czech Republic: O2 Arena; Prague. 10:30 a.m. ET/4:30 p.m. local -- TBD, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
- Finland vs. Sweden: Scandinavium; Gothenburg, Noon ET/6 p.m. local -- TBD, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
- USA vs. Canada: Canadian Tire Centre; Ottawa. 7 p.m. ET -- Sportsnet, TVA Sports, TBD
Sunday, September 11
- Europe vs. North America: Bell Centre; Montreal. 6 p.m. ET – Sportsnet, TVA Sports, TBD
Tuesday, September 13
- Finland vs. USA: Verizon Center; Washington, DC. 7 p.m. ET – ESPN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Wednesday, September 14
- Czech Republic vs. North America: CONSOL Energy Center; Pittsburgh. 3:30 p.m. ET – TBD, Sportsnet, TVA Sports
- Sweden vs. Europe: Verizon Center; Washington, DC. 7 p.m. ET – TBD, Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2
- Canada vs. Russia: CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh. 7:30 p.m. ET – ESPN2, Sportsnet, TVA Sports