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:
Team Czech Republic
Team North America
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.