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Jul 21

2016 World Cup of Hockey schedule announced

The World Cup of Hockey 2016 is an international ice hockey tournament due to take place in Toronto, Canada, later this year. The schedule has been announced, with competing nations now aware of their competitors during the first stage of the games.

The Teams

Eight teams are due to take part; Team Canada, Team United States, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Europe, Team Czech Republic, Team Sweden and Team North America. Team North America is made up of both Canadian and US players, aged under-23, whilst Team Europe is made up of players from Europe who were born outside of Finland, Russia, Sweden and Czech Republic. The eight teams are placed into Groups A and B for the preliminary games that take place on the 17th to the 22nd September. Of these matches, the mostly hotly anticipated both take place on the 20th September, when rivals US and Canada play as well as rivals Finland and Sweden. The two top finishers from each group will meet in the semi-finals which take place on the 24th and 25th September. The final is a best of three series taking place on the 27th and 29th September and if needed also on the 1st October.

All games will take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. This is the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, arguably giving both Team Canada and Team North America an advantage as both teams feature Maple players.

The World Cup of Hockey

The tournament first took place in 1996, as the successor to the original Canada Cup, and saw the US as victors. There wasn’t another tournament until 2004 when Team Canada was victorious. The 2016 edition is just the third time the World Cup of Hockey will take place.

In the UK, field hockey is far more popular than ice hockey. In the UK, promotions such as hockey goalkeeping kit sale and other equipment discounts can regularly be found online, boosting the sport’s popularity.

Viewers from Canada will be able to watch the tournament on Sportsnet and TVA Sports, whilst those in the US will be able to watch on ESPN.

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