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World Cup of Hockey 2016

Gaudreau, Saad among Team North America hopefuls

Sunday, 01.31.2016 / 12:00 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NASHVILLE -- If the rosters for the NHL's best-on-best midseason 3-on-3 extravaganza can serve as an indication, the biggest wildcard team set to compete for gold in the next best-on-best international hockey tournament is looking like a legitimate contender.

Five eligible candidates for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the team consisting of the best 23-and-under Canadians and Americans, will play in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at Bridgestone Arena (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

That's only three fewer candidates than Team USA has competing here. It's two more than Team Russia and Team Sweden, three more than Team Finland and four more than Team Europe and Team Czech Republic.

Team USA names Capuano, Hynes, Sullivan assistants

Friday, 01.15.2016 / 11:35 AM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano, New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes and Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan were among five assistants named Friday to the staff of Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Nashville Predators assistant coach Phil Housley and Scott Gordon, coach of Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League, were also named assistants to Team USA coach John Tortorella.

"I'm looking forward to working with our coaching staff in guiding the group of players that are ultimately selected to represent our country in the World Cup," Tortorella, coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, said in a release by USA Hockey. "We have a group of coaches assembled that all bring something different to the table and that is a real positive as we move toward our ultimate goal of winning the tournament."

Team Czech Republic names Jandac World Cup coach

Thursday, 01.14.2016 / 5:17 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Josef Jandac was named coach of Team Czech Republic for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the Czech Ice Hockey Association announced Thursday.

Jandac, 47, will coach the Czech Republic national team during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, with the World Cup his first event.

"We have come to terms on a two-year deal with the condition that Josef Jandac will work exclusively for the Czech national team," Czech Ice Hockey Association president Tomas Kral said. "His first task will be to build an entire coaching staff for the next season and prepare a World Cup roster."

DeBoer: Difficult task choosing North America roster

Sunday, 12.20.2015 / 3:00 AM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Tim Wharnsby - Correspondent

TORONTO -- Todd McLellan and Peter DeBoer will be reunited on the coaching staff of the Youngstars team for the World Cup of Hockey in 10 months.

It is a strange dynamic, considering DeBoer replaced McLellan as head coach of the San Jose Sharks last summer. But the two did work together to successfully steer Sidney Crosby and Canada to a gold-medal victory at the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Prague, Czech Republic last spring.

Prior to the Sharks' 5-4 overtime victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, DeBoer took time to answer questions about the World Cup.

World Cup of Hockey 2016 pre-tournament, training camp schedules released

Twelve games played in Europe, North America in WCH2016 lead-up

Wednesday, 12.16.2015 / 2:07 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

NHL Public Relations

TORONTO/NEW YORK - The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today the training camp information and slate of 12 pre-tournament games for the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

The training camps for all eight teams are expected to begin Sept. 4-5, with specific details related to each federation to be announced in the coming weeks. Each of the eight teams - Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Europe, Team Finland, Team North America, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team United States - will play a total of three pre-tournament games. The training camps and pre-tournament games will be held in locations across Europe and North America.

Brad Shaw named assistant for Team Europe

Tuesday, 12.15.2015 / 2:00 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

NHL Public Relations

TORONTO/NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today the appointment of Team Europe Assistant Coach Brad Shaw (St. Louis Blues) for the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Shaw joins Head Coach Ralph Krueger and Assistant Coach Paul Maurice behind Team Europe's bench and he will report to Team Leader/President Franz Reindl and General Manager Miroslav Satan.

"Brad adds an excellent new dimension and a wealth of knowledge to our Coaching Staff," said Krueger. "He is a perfect culture fit and his depth of experience will be valuable as we reach hard to find the potential of Team Europe at the World Cup of Hockey 2016."

Roenick: Blue Jackets model for Team USA success

Sunday, 12.13.2015 / 3:00 AM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Strange as it sounds considering how the Columbus Blue Jackets have struggled this season, NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick uses them as his model for how the United States will have to play in order to win the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

"We're not going to beat Canada on talent; we're going to beat Canada on determination and grit and will," said Roenick, who played for the U.S. national team four times, including twice in the Olympics. "It's similar to the way Columbus plays right now. They're not going to win on talent; they're going to win on sheer determination to try to beat you down."

When it was immediately pointed out to Roenick that Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella also is the coach of the U.S. World Cup team, he said he didn't even make that connection when he made the comparison.

World Cup Q&A: Kuznetsov in play for Team Russia

Sunday, 12.06.2015 / 3:00 AM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Vassili Ossipov - Staff Writer

Evgeny Kuznetsov is having a career season, leading the Washington Capitals in scoring with eight goals and 26 points in 25 games.

The 23-year-old scored 37 points in his first full season last season and is almost certain to surpass that number.

He also has put himself in the discussion for a spot on Team Russia for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

Kuznetsov talked to about the World Cup of Hockey and the possibility of representing Team Russia, his transition to the North American style of hockey, and how he gotten off to a fast start this season. What were your thoughts when the World Cup of Hockey 2016 was announced?

Avalanche's Duchene sets sights on World Cup spot

Wednesday, 12.02.2015 / 3:56 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene is looking forward to another opportunity to represent his country at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

"I want to be on that Canada team," Duchene said. "I'd be lying if I said it wasn't a goal of mine."

Duchene, 24, discussed the World Cup of Hockey and other topics with during his visit Wednesday to the NHL offices in Manhattan. The Avalanche are in town to play against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, ALT, MSG).

Duchene, who was named NHL third star of the month for November after leading the League with 11 goals in 14 games, wants to prove he belongs on the 23-player roster for Team Canada at the World Cup. Training camp is scheduled Sept. 4, 2016 at a location to be determined. It will be a chance for Duchene to add to an already impressive medal collection.

Team Europe scout Burke likes goaltending options

Sunday, 11.29.2015 / 3:00 AM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Jon Lane - Staff Writer

Energized by a summer respite to recover from double hip replacement surgery, Sean Burke is eager to make his mark on Team Europe and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Burke was goaltending coach and assistant to the general manager for the Arizona Coyotes the past three seasons before leaving the organization in July when his contract expired. He started with the Coyotes as director of prospect development less than a year into his retirement from the NHL, so the medically induced break turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

"It was a good summer for me to mentally get a break and physically do what I needed to do," Burke said. "I've been going hard the last couple of years with the Coyotes, Team Canada, World Junior stuff. It was nice to get away."

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