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

Training camps for all eight teams are expected to begin Sept. 4-5

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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.

World Cup of Hockey 2016 Training Camps

Team, Location, Arena

Canada, Ottawa, Canadian Tire Centre

Czech Republic, Prague, O2 Arena

Europe,Montreal & Quebec City, Videotron Centre/Bell Centre

Finland, Helsinki, Hartwall Arena

North America, Montreal & Quebec City, Videotron Centre/Bell Centre

Russia, TBD, TBD

Sweden, Gothenburg, Scandinavium

USA, Columbus, Nationwide Arena

World Cup of Hockey 2016 Pre-Tournament Games

The cities selected to host pre-tournament games are: Columbus, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC; Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City; Prague; Gothenburg; Helsinki; and Moscow.

Below are the details, subject to change, for the 12-game pre-tournament schedule that will be played from Sept. 8-14.

Thursday, September 8
Team Czech Republic vs. Team Russia - VTB Arena; Moscow
12:30pm - ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team Sweden vs. Team Finland - Hartwall Arena; Helsinki
Noon ET/7 p.m. local - ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team Europe vs. Team North America - Videotron Centre; Quebec City
8 p.m. ET - ESPN2, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Friday, September 9
Team Canada vs. Team USA - Nationwide Arena; Columbus
7 p.m. ET - ESPNU, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Saturday, September 10
Team Finland vs. Team Sweden - Scandinavium; Gothenburg
Noon ET/6 p.m. local - ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team Russia vs. Team Czech Republic - O2 Arena; Prague
10:30 a.m. ET/4:30 p.m. local - ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team USA vs. Team Canada - Canadian Tire Centre; Ottawa
7 p.m. ET - ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Sunday, September 11
Team Europe vs. Team North America - Bell Centre; Montreal
6 p.m. ET - ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Tuesday, September 13
Team Finland vs. Team USA - Verizon Center; Washington, DC
7 p.m. ET - ESPN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Wednesday, September 14
Team Czech Republic vs. Team North America - CONSOL Energy Center; Pittsburgh
3:30 p.m. ET - ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team Canada vs. Team Russia - CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh
7:30 p.m. ET - ESPN2, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team Sweden vs. Team Europe - Verizon Center; Washington, DC
7 p.m. ET - ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2

The World Cup of Hockey returns in September 2016 in Toronto, 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 players in the NHL will participate in this tournament.

The Preliminary Round begins on Saturday, Sept. 17 with Group play at the Air Canada Centre. The Groups are:

Group A
Team Canada
Team Czech Republic
Team Europe
Team USA

Group B
Team Finland
Team North America
Team Russia
Team Sweden

The top two teams in each group advance to the Semifinals, which take place Sept. 24-25. The winners of each Semifinal will compete in the Final, a best-of-three series on Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and, if necessary, Oct. 1.

Live coverage of all tournament games will be provided by Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada and ESPN in the United States. A complete broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

Tickets are available for purchase via www.Ticketmaster.ca and www.Ticketmaster.com, the official ticket marketplace of the NHL®. The offering is a World Cup of Hockey 2016 Tournament Pass, which provides admission to all games played at Air Canada Centre during the tournament. Pricing reflects a 17-game Tournament Pass and includes HST. Additional fees may apply. Prices are in Canadian dollars. This opportunity is available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

Official fan hospitality and travel packages for the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and all NHL signature events are available from PrimeSport, the Official Fan Travel and Hospitality Package Partner of the NHL. For more information please visit www.primesport.com/nhl.

For more information on the World Cup of Hockey 2016 please visit www.wch2016.com.

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