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TUESDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
TEAM CANADA 3, Team Europe 1
 
TOP LINE PROPELS TEAM CANADA TO VICTORY IN GAME 1 OF FINAL
The line of Sidney Crosby (0-2—2), Brad Marchand (1-1—2) and Patrice Bergeron (1-1—2) combined for 2-4—6 to lift Team Canada past Team Europe in the opening game of the best-of-three World Cup of Hockey 2016 final. 

* Team Canada improved to 5-0-0 in the World Cup of Hockey 2016, outscoring opponents 22-7 in that span. That includes a +10 margin in the first period (11-1).
 
* The line of Crosby (3-6—9), Marchand (4-3—7) and Bergeron (3-3—6) has combined for 10-12—22 in five games during the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Those players are the top three scorers in the tournament.
 
* Crosby also leads the World Cup of Hockey 2016 in assists and plus/minus (+8).

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Open Post- Team Europe vs Team Canada

Team Europe against Team Canada in the first game of a best of three series.

Puck drops just after 8:00pm ET on ESPN, CBC and TVAS.

Discuss the game if so inclined.

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Video- Wayne Gretzky’s Visit To The Hockey Hall Of Fame

I tweeted this earlier today but I know many of you don't use Twitter, so watch this short but funny story.

 

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Format For The Next World Cup Of Hockey Is Undecided At This Point

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Also notable is that Babcock clearly feels that the next World Cup should be made up of teams representing their countries and not include the 23-and-under North American team or the team he's facing in the finals, Team Europe. I happen to agree with him. I think a traditional field is the way to go, with a European qualifying event the year before the next World Cup to determine the final few teams in the field. If the NHL doesn't go to South Korea, I think there will be even more onus on having an Olympic-like, traditional field for the next World Cup.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said on Tuesday that no decisions had been made, either way, yet in terms of which teams would take part in the next World Cup.

"We haven't evaluated [that] yet. When we debrief with the Players' Association we'll focus on the format of future World Cups,'' Bettman told ESPN.com. "(But) I don't think anybody can suggest that this tournament wasn't more exciting because of the Team Europe and Team North America concepts. There's no doubt that those two teams were more competitive than the seventh and eighth countries would have been.''

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World Cup Of Hockey Finals Yielding Solid Value On Secondary Ticket Market

By Tim Dolan,

It all comes down to this; World Cup of Hockey host Canada will play Team Europe in a Best-of-Three format to determine the World Cup of Hockey Champion. Team Canada, a team that needed a big effort in the second and third periods against Russia, prevailed with a 5-3 victory in the semifinals. Brad Marchand scored two goals for the Canadian side, while Sidney Crosby added a goal and two assists. Team Canada’s opponent in the Finals, Team Europe, shocked Sweden, 3-2, in overtime. Tomas Tatar netted the game-winner in the extra period to emerge victorious. He was assisted by Mats Zuccarello and Anze Kopitar. Entering the Final series, fans should expect a home-ice advantage for the Canadian side, with all three games set to drop the puck in Toronto. Let’s take a look at how each contest is faring on the secondary ticket market, using information provided by TicketIQ.

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How Will The Players Split The Income From The World Cup Of Hockey?

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

With only days remaining in the World Cup of Hockey, National Hockey League players remain divided over how to split the event proceeds, with some players rejecting the idea of sharing money with those who didn’t play in the two-week tournament.

In the days leading up to the event, National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) staff travelled to World Cup team training camps and discussed the prospect of splitting the NHLPA’s share of the profits, two people familiar with the matter told TSN.

While the accounting on the World Cup probably won’t be finished for several months – meaning the NHLPA doesn’t yet know exactly how much money there will be to split between its members – NHLPA staff and players discussed the concept of 50 per cent of the union’s share of profits being split between players in the World Cup, with the other 50 per cent being split by NHL players not in the event.

As reported by TSN's Bob McKenzie, some players have bristled over how the World Cup proceeds should be split. An NHLPA spokesman declined to comment.

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Repeat Of Last Season?

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Here are some players that could be hard-pressed to match last year’s output:

Jaromir Jagr – It may be sacrilege to lower expectations for the 44-year-old workout warrior who was last year’s points-per-60 leader (minimum 500 5-on-5 minutes), but Jagr scored on 18.9% of his shots last season – his best rate since 1996-1997! As a result, the Panthers’ line of Jagr, Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau had an inflated on-ice shooting percentage, so all three could have some difficulty matching their outstanding 2015-2016 season and if one of them must be picked to have production fade, it might as well be the oldest player in the league coming off a near-miracle season.

Patrick Kane – It’s easy enough to look at Kane’s 106-point season in 2015-2016 and expect regression – his previous career-high was 88 points – but he also had points on 85.1% of the goals scored when he was on the ice at 5-on-5, after hovering in the 75-78% range for five seasons. He should still be one of the league’s top scorers, but expecting back-to-back 100-point seasons is a reach for anyone in the NHL right now.

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All About The NHL’s Centennial Celebration

added 2:38pm, below, press releas on Wayne Gretzky being named as the Centennial Ambassador

NEW YORK/TORONTO (Sept. 27, 2016) – With the incomparable Wayne Gretzky serving as the official ambassador, the National Hockey League will venerate its history, celebrate its present and anticipate its future with a year-long Centennial celebration in 2017. 

The Centennial celebration will commence on January 1, 2017, in Toronto with the NHL Centennial Classic™ outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at BMO Field. It will witness the unveiling of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles Jan 27-29. And it will visit every NHL market and dozens of other local hockey communities during a 12-month festival of events and content initiatives culminating with the anniversary of the League’s founding on Nov. 26 and first games on Dec. 19.

Gretzky, the League’s all-time leading scorer and holder of dozens of NHL records, will make appearances at various events throughout the calendar year in his role as Centennial Ambassador. 

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Video- Highlights Of The NHL’s Centennial Season

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Live Stream- NHL’s Centennial Anniversary Plans Are Announced

Commissioner Gary Bettman and Wayne Gretzky at a press conference to announce the NHL’s Centennial Anniversary plans.

The event in Toronto is expected to start at 2:00pm ET, watch the stream below...

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