2016 World Cup of Hockey and things you should know
The World Cup of Hockey is an international ice hockey tournament first held in 1996 then 2004. The third edition is scheduled for 2016 and after that, it will be held every four years. 2016 World Cup of Hockey is planned to start on September 17 and end on October 1, 2016 at Air Canada Centre in Canada. On last Wednesday, the NHL held press conference to announce more information about this sport tournament. Let's check out for things you should know about 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
2016 World Cup of Hockey and what you should know
Originally labeled the Young Stars, the tournament entry comprised of players ages 23 and under from the United States and Canada will officially be called Team North America.
Ages are determined by Oct. 1, 2016. Any American or Canadian player younger than 24 on that date (e.g. born on Oct. 2, 1992 or later) will be available for selection exclusively for Team North America.
The other “all-star” type entry will be called Team Europe, or more appropriately Team (rest of) Europe.
Former NHL player Miroslav Satan, a Slovakian, will be the general manager of Team Europe. German hockey federation president Franz Reindl will serve as team president.
Satan will be able to select players from any country not named Finland, Sweden, Czech Republic or Russia. Those include, but are not limited to, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland, Belarus, Norway, France, Latvia and Slovenia. Slovakia’s Zdeno Chara and Slovenia’s Anze Kopitar were on hand for the press conference.
Group A will be comprised of Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Europe and Team USA.
Group B will consist of Team Finland, Team North America, Team Russia and Team Sweden.
All four teams in each grouping will face each other in a round-robin format at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. After that concludes on Sept. 22, 2016, the top two teams from each group will face each other in a single elimination (A1 vs. B2, B1 vs. A2) semi-final round.
The 2016 World Cup of Hockey champion will be decided in a best-of-three final, beginning September 27, 2016.
So far, coaching staffs have not been named for Team Canada, Team USA, or Team North America - only management positions.
Former Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger will coach Team Europe. Satan will also be able to select players who aren’t in the NHL, according to team president Reindl.
Jere Lehtinen was also announced as the GM for Team Finland; he will be assisted by Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen.
World Cup of Hockey training camps will open Sept. 4-5 ahead of the tournament. Exhibition games are likely to be played.
Training camps for NHL teams will open as regularly scheduled, but without the players participating in the tournament. In all, approximately 184 NHL players will participate in the tournament (nearly a quarter of the league), but 138 of those players will knocked out of the tournament by Sept. 27, or 10 days after their NHL training camp would regularly open.
Rosters for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey will consist of 23 players, including three goaltenders.
A preliminary roster of 16 players (and at least two goaltenders) must be announced by March 1, 2016. The balance of the roster (six skaters and one goaltender) must be announced by June 1, 2016.
Steven Stamkos asked the best question during the press conference: “If Team Europe wins, which anthem will they play?”
The World Cup of Hockey will be played using NHL rules and games will be officiated by NHL referees.
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