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Bell Centre to host World Cup of Hockey 2016 pre-tournament game

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens


As part of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 scheduled to take place in Toronto starting September 17, the Montreal Canadiens unveiled preliminary details related to a pre-tournament game at the Bell Centre on September 11, 2016, between Team Europe and Team North America (featuring the best young Canadian and American players aged 23 and under).

“We are very pleased to host a pre-tournament game at the Bell Centre as part of the World Cup of Hockey  2016. It will provide our fans with a unique opportunity to see firsthand the best players on the planet. It certainly will be very exciting to watch this new team featuring the best young players in the world,” said Canadiens president and CEO, Geoff Molson.


The training camp for Team North America will get underway at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on September 5. The first pre-tournament game between Team Europe and Team North America will be played in Quebec City, at Centre Vidéotron, on September 8. The following day, Team Europe will travel to Montreal, where it will complete its training camp while Team North America will resume its camp in Quebec City. The two teams will meet for a second game, on September 11, at 6 p.m. at the Bell Centre.


Each team will include 23 players, of whom 16 have already been selected. The final rosters will be announced in June.

(23 and under)
Frederik Andersen (Anaheim - Denmark) - G
Jaroslav Halak (N.Y. Islanders - Slovakia) – G
Zdeno Chara (Boston – Slovakia) – D
Roman Josi (Nashville – Switzerland) – D
Dennis Seidenberg (Boston – Germany) – D
Andrej Sekera (Edmonton – Slovakia) – D
Mark Streit (Philadelphia – Switzerland) – D
Mikkel Boedker (Colorado – Denmark) – F
Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton – Germany) – F
Jannik Hansen (Vancouver – Denmark) – F
Marian Hossa (Chicago – Slovakia) – F
Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles – Slovenia) – F
Frans Nielsen (N.Y. Islanders- Denmark) – F
Tomas Tatar (Detroit – Slovakia) – F
Thomas Vanek (Minnesota – Austria) – F
Mats Zuccarello (N.Y. Rangers – Norway) – F
John Gibson (Anaheim) – G
Connor Hellebuyck (Manitoba AHL) - G
Matthew Murray (Pittsburgh) – G
Aaron Ekblad (Florida) – D
Seth Jones (Columbus) – D
Ryan Murray (Columbus) – D
Morgan Rielly (Toronto) – D
Sean Couturier (Philadelphia) – F
Jack Eichel (Buffalo) – F
Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary) – F
Dylan Larkin (Detroit) – F
Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado) – F
Connor McDavid (Edmonton) – F
J.T. Miller (N.Y. Rangers) – F
Sean Monahan (Calgary) – F
Brandon Saad (Columbus) – F
Coaches: Ralph Krueger, Paul Maurice
General Manager: Miroslav Satan
Coaches: Todd McLellan, Jon Cooper,
Gerard Gallant, Dave Tippett, Jay Woodcroft
Co-general managers: Peter Chiarelli – Stan Bowman


Tickets for the game at the Bell Centre on September 11 will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 22 at 10 a.m. Fans can purchase tickets for as little as $35.00 (taxes and service fees included). Tickets will be available on,, and at the Bell Centre box office or by calling 1-855-310-2525. The purchase limit will be 8 tickets per transaction.

For more information, visit our plans and pricing page here.


The World Cup of Hockey returns to Toronto in September 2016, where eight teams, comprised of the world’s best hockey players, will compete for a best-on-best international hockey championship. The World Cup of Hockey is a joint effort of the NHLPA and the NHL, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). It is expected that more than 150 of the best NHL players will be part of the eight participating teams: Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Europe, Team Finland, Team North America (selection of the best Canadian and American players 23 years old and under as of October 1, 2016), Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team USA.

In addition to the pre-tournament game played on September 11 in Montreal, 11 other pre-tournament games will be played in Quebec City, Columbus, Ottawa, Washington and Pittsburgh as well as St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Göteborg and Prague.

The tournament will take place in Toronto from September 17 through September 22, followed by two semi-finals (September 24 & 25) and a best-of-three final series (September 27 to October 1).

For more information on the World Cup of hockey 2016, visit
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