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Sidney Crosby Named Captain For Team Canada In The World Cup Of Hockey

TORONTO/NEW YORK (Aug. 25, 2016) – Hockey Canada announced today that Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby will serve as Team Canada’s captain at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber will support Crosby as Team Canada’s alternate captains.

Crosby, 29, has won two Stanley Cup® championships since becoming captain of the Penguins during the 2007-08 season. The 2016 Conn Smythe Trophy winner has registered 338 goals and 938 points in 707 career NHL games. Crosby captained Team Canada to gold at both the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the 2015 IIHF World Championship.
 

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Jay Bouwmeester Named To Team Canada World Cup Roster For Injured Duncan Keith

TORONTO/NEW YORK (Aug. 24, 2016) – Hockey Canada announced today that St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been added to its 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, the best-on-best international hockey championship from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. He replaces injured Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith. Bouwmeester, 32, will be entering his 14th NHL season in 2016-17. He has registered 81 goals and 376 points in 990 career NHL games and was a member of Team Canada’s 2004 World Cup of Hockey championship squad.

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Numerous Factors In Play When Deciding If The NHL Will Participate In The Winter Olympics

from Jonas Siegel of the CP at the Globe and Mail,

A new wrinkle in advance of the next Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, centres around out-of-pocket payments the International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation have covered, a practice the IOC has suggested stopping under president Thomas Bach.

Adding additional costs is viewed as a potential bridge too far for both the league and the union.

“It’s not good to shut down, the question is whether or not it’s worth it to go to the Olympics,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told The Canadian Press in a recent interview. “You need to satisfy yourself that it’s worth it.”

Bettman said a variety of factors had to be taken into account, from the players’ desire to attend to the location of the Olympics to the “opportunities that come from it.”

NHLPA president Donald Fehr reiterated in a separate interview that the players want to continue attending the Olympics, depending on the circumstances.

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News From Today’s World Cup Of Hockey Media Conference

from Jonas Siegel of the CP at the Globe and Mail,

Ads on jerseys, puck and player tracking technology and interactive boards will be among the features at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

The NHL and NHLPA announced the ventures Wednesday, as well as plans for fan initiatives in Toronto throughout the two-week event which starts next month.

“This tournament gives us an opportunity to experiment with things, to see if they work, to see if it can be done in a fashion which is tasteful,” said NHLPA executive director Don Fehr.

Puck and player tracking technology will include elements like puck speed, player speed and distance travelled, all aimed at boosting the viewing experience on game broadcasts.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman described the use of such technology at the World Cup as a testing ground for potential use during the regular season. The league used the technology at last season’s all-star game in Columbus.

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Live Stream- World Cup Of Hockey Media Conference With The NHL/NHLPA

via Sportsnet,

The NHL and NHLPA are set to host a media conference Wednesday in Toronto.

The conference will take place at 12 p.m. ET and will showcase several planned fan and community outreach events as well as announce business and technological innovations planned for the September tournament.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr will be in attendance, along with other special guests.

Watch below or click the Sportsnet link above...

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Extensive Coverage By ESPN For The World Cup Of Hockey

from Michael Skarka of ESPN,

ESPN.com’s World Cup of Hockey 2016 coverage will be led by four veteran and well-respected NHL journalists – Scott Burnside, Craig Custance, Pierre LeBrun and Joe McDonald. Each will focus on a team or teams and provide daily updates across ESPN digital and social media platforms.

Beginning in training camp, #LevyAndMelrose (Steve LevyBarry Melrose) video segments highlighting workouts, pre-tournament games and the tournament will be featured regularly.

ESPN.com will provide extensive and in-depth coverage throughout the entire World Cup of Hockey 2016, beginning with team training camps on Sunday, Sept. 4, including in-depth coverage of every tournament game beginning Sept. 17, through the best-of-three Final beginning Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Reporters by Team

Team USA –Burnside

Team North America –Custance

Team Canada –LeBrun

Team Sweden –McDonald

Team Finland –McDonald

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Where The World Cup Of Hockey Players Started

from Tal Pinchevsky of ESPN,

When the 2016 World Cup of Hockey kicks off on Sept. 17, the best players from around the globe will vie for international hockey supremacy.

A deep dive into the eight rosters assembled for this tournament offers a glimpse into where the world's best hockey players come from -- not simply which country develops top hockey talent, but which individual programs form the most prolific NHL pipeline.

ESPN.com examined each World Cup roster, including players who will miss the tournament because of injury, to find which programs are the top NHL incubators. Here is the list of the world's top hockey factories.

London Knights

It makes sense that this list would start with the Memorial Cup champions. In total, 33 Ontario Hockey League alumni were selected to compete in the World Cup, outpacing any other developmental league. Every World Cup team will ice at least one former OHL player. Among Canadian junior teams, the Knights, Kitchener Rangers and Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League lead the competition with five players each. London sticks out by virtue of the names it has developed, including Patrick Kane, John Tavares and John Carlson, although Tavares only played 38 total games for the Knights.

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ESPN Broadcast Schedule For World Cup Of Hockey

via a release from the NHL PR department,

ESPN networks will televise every game of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and the puck drops Saturday, Sept. 17, with group play between Team USA and Team Europe on ESPN2 (3:30 p.m. ET). Team Czech Republic and Team Canada will face off in prime time that night on ESPNEWS at 8 p.m.  All games will be televised live from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

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Pressure On Team Canada As World Cup Of Hockey Approaches

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

In early July, about two months before the start of training camp for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, general manager Doug Armstrong and coach Mike Babcock held a conference call with the 23 members of the Team Canada roster.

Armstrong said Babcock gave simple instructions for the summer: "Train to be ready to play. We're not going to wade into this."

It is now early August, a month before the start of camp, and amid the quietest period of the NHL offseason, there is a sense of urgency for those involved in the World Cup because of the timing and format of the tournament. What players do now in rinks and gyms across North America and Europe will impact not only who wins the World Cup, but who emerges healthy for the NHL season.

There is particular pressure on Team Canada, which won the past two Olympic gold medals and will play on home ice. The Canadians open camp Sept. 4 in Ottawa. They play Team USA on Sept. 9 in Columbus in their first of three exhibitions. They play the Czech Republic on Sept. 17 in Toronto in their first of three preliminary round games.

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All About The Coverage By ESPN Of The World Cup Of Hockey (Pre-Tournament)

via a release from the NHL PR department,

ESPN’s 12-game World Cup of Hockey 2016 pre-tournament schedule will begin Thursday, September 8 with Team Sweden and Team Finland at 12 p.m. ET and the Czech Republic taking on Russia in St. Petersburg at 12:30 p.m. (both on ESPN3). Team Europe and Team North America – comprised of top players age 23 and under from both the United States and Canada – will meet in Quebec City at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 to conclude day one. 

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