TORONTO -- The NHL and the NHL Players' Association brought the 2016 World Cup of Hockey into focus Wednesday by putting on a grand show at Air Canada Centre that featured several of the best players in the world and plenty of information regarding the tournament.
The League and the NHLPA jointly announced plans and released information for the World Cup, including the groups, key dates and schedule, rules and regulations, and management teams for Team North America and Team Europe.
This will be the first World Cup of Hockey since 2004, when Canada won gold.
TORONTO -- Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins had surgery to repair a flare-up of a chronic hip condition and will not be on the ice at training camp, it was announced Wednesday.
The Canucks said they expect Desjardins to be behind the bench for the season opener at the Calgary Flames on Oct. 7.
"Willie has been dealing with the chronic discomfort for a long time and our medical staff has been monitoring it since he joined us last year," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. "Unfortunately his hip deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks and it required immediate attention. Willie's expected to recover quickly and will be connected every day until he's ready to be back in person."
Though the forward and his family have yet to settle into their house in Arlington, Va., he told the Washington Post the Capitals already are a great fit and one that feels like home.
"You're nervous enough just having to meet new people," Oshie said. "You don't need any awkwardness. I sensed that from the guys here. I think every single guy has come up and said 'Hi' to me and introduced himself and the coaches and staff. Everything's great."
Former Edmonton Oilers coach Ralph Krueger was named coach of Team Europe for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on Wednesday.
Team Europe will draw players from those European countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden.
Earlier Wednesday, German Ice Hockey Federation president Franz Reindl was named president/team leader for Team Europe and former NHL player and Slovakia team captain Miroslav Satan was named general manager.
TORONTO – The National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today the appointment of German Ice Hockey Federation President Franz Reindl to the position of President/Team Leader and former Slovakia team captain Miroslav Satan as General Manager of Team Europe for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Reindl and Satan will select the playing roster, coaching and support staff and subsequently oversee all tournament preparations and management for Team Europe, a pan-European roster of players from birth countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden – that is, all of the other European countries who are developing world-class hockey players in ever-increasing numbers. Players from Reindl and Satan's home countries of Germany and Slovakia, respectively, will be eligible for selection, plus many others that include Austria, Belarus, Denmark, France, Latvia, Norway, Slovenia and Switzerland.
TORONTO -- The National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today the schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. From Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016, eight teams -- Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team North America -- will compete in a best-on-best international hockey championship.
The two-week tournament, featuring more than 150 of the best players in the NHL, will progress from the Preliminary Round to the Semifinals and ultimately the Final. All tournament games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs®. A select number of tickets for the event will go on sale to the public Thursday, Nov. 12 at Ticketmaster.ca. Click here to sign up for ticket information, announcements and special offers.
TORONTO -- There is something special, NHL players will tell you, about wearing the jersey of your home nation.
With the return of the World Cup of Hockey in 2016, many NHL players will experience that cherished opportunity.
In a joint announcement by the NHLPA and the NHL on September 9 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, one attended by some of the game's biggest names, the international tournament had the players talking.
"I remember the first World Cup (1996) when the U.S. beat Canada," said Chicago captain and Winnipeg native Jonathan Toews, who won the 2006 and 2007 World Junior title with Canada, along with Olympic gold medals in 2010 and 2014. "The next one (2004), Canada won, so that was more enjoyable to watch, for sure. When you're a fan growing up, you take it so seriously. It’s always much more than hockey when you play at the international level. It's almost political bragging rights for everyone involved."
Eight years after losing the final of the first World Cup of Hockey at home, Canada wasn't about to let that happen again in 2004.
The second edition of the preseason best-on-best tournament involved the same eight nations and the same alignment as the 1996 tournament.
Canada, the United States, Russia and Slovakia were in the North American pool, which was played in Montreal, Toronto and St. Paul, Minn. Sweden, Finland, Germany and the Czech Republic formed the European pool, with games played in Stockholm, Helsinki, Cologne and Prague.
Sixteen years after the "Miracle on Ice" United States team shocked the Soviet Union at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, a group of players spawned by the greatest upset in hockey history did something similar to Canada at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
The successor to the Canada Cup tournament was an eight-team event, the first best-on-best competition in five years.
The United States and Canada joined Russia and Slovakia in a North American pool, with games in New York, Philadelphia, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver. Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic and Germany formed the European pool, which played games in Helsinki, Stockholm, Prague and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. The top three teams in each group advanced to the quarterfinals, which were played in North America.