For the last 10 days, the best hockey players in the world have represented their countries on a grand stage. And now - finally - bragging rights are on the line.
The 2016 World Cup of Hockey officially begins on Saturday after an exhibition schedule that has already seen plenty of action in and around the crease, as well as some international hostilities.
Six members of the Nashville Predators organization will now vie for gold at the World Cup at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, which will culminate with a best-of-three final at the end of the month.
Forward Filip Forsberg, defensemen Mattias Ekholm and Roman Josi, and goaltender Pekka Rinne are all representing their countries, with Forsberg and Ekholm skating for Sweden, Rinne with Finland and Josi joining Team Europe in the eight-team tournament. Predators Assistant General Manager Paul Fenton is also involved as a director of player personnel for Team North America, while Preds Assistant Coach Phil Housley is an assistant under John Tortorella and Team USA.
Every game involving Preds representatives over the next two weeks can be seen on either ESPN or ESPN2, with a full schedule below.
|Date ||Time (CT) |
|Event ||Network |
|Saturday, Sept 17 ||2:30 p.m. ||Group Play: USA vs. Europe ||ESPN2 |
|Sunday, Sept 18 ||2 p.m. ||Group Play: Sweden vs. Russia ||ESPN |
|Sunday, Sept 18 ||7 p.m. ||Group Play: North America vs. Finland ||ESPN2 |
|Monday, Sept 19 ||2 p.m. ||Group Play: Europe vs. Czech Republic ||ESPN2 |
|Tuesday, Sept 20 ||2 p.m. ||Group Play: Finland vs. Sweden ||ESPN |
|Wednesday, Sept 21 ||2 p.m. ||Group Play: North America vs. Sweden ||ESPN |
|Wednesday, Sept 21 ||7 p.m. ||Group Play: Europe vs Canada ||ESPN2 |
|Thursday, Sept 22 ||2 p.m. ||Group Play: Finland vs. Russia ||ESPN |
|Saturday, Sept 24 ||6 p.m. ||Semifinal One ||ESPN2 |
|Sunday, Sept 25 ||12 p.m. ||Semifinal Two ||ESPN |
|Tuesday, Sept 27 ||7 p.m. ||Final: Game One ||ESPN |
|Thursday, Sept 29 ||7 p.m. ||Final: Game Two ||ESPN2 |
|Saturday, Oct 1 ||6 p.m. ||Final: Game Three (if necessary) ||ESPN2 |
Stay tuned to NashvillePredators.com and keep up with the Preds at the World Cup.