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Why the World Cup matters

USA Today's Kevin Allen answers, "What is the World Cup of Hockey, and why watch?"

The selling point of the World Cup of Hockey is that teams are made up of Grade A premium NHL talent with no filler.

When the World Cup starts Saturday with the U.S. playing Team Europe (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN), it will boast a field that is more competitive top-to-bottom than we saw at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

“In this tournament you really have to watch yourself, because every team has a chance to win,” Canada center Jonathan Toews said.

Instead of a 12-team Olympic field, the NHL and the NHL Players Association agreed on an eight-team format that includes the primary hockey countries of Canada, USA, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic, plus a team made up of the NHL’s best 23-and-under North American players and an European All-Star team. Team Europe has the best NHLers from countries not already in the tournament. Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (Slovenia), Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (Slovakia) and Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (Switzerland) are among them.

Only a handful of non-NHL players have been invited to play in this tournament.

“It’s such a condensed tournament,” USA coach John Tortorella said. “You really are seeing the best players.”

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Hossa needs x-rays after World Cup exhibition game

Not good news...

Update:

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How disciplinary, video and coaches challenge decisions will break down at the World Cup

According to Yahoo Sports' Greg Wyshynski, the major stakeholders in the World Cup of Hockey--the NHL, the NHLPA and the IIHF--will be taking part in the decision-making processes regarding supplementary discipline, video replay and coaches' challenges, but to different extents. Supplementary disicipline is a tri-party issue:

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly tells Yahoo Sports that suspensions and fines in the World Cup of Hockey tournament will be determined by a three-person panel. The first person is a representative from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. The second is a representative from NHL’s Department of Hockey Operations. The third is a representative from the IIHF.

Those three are the judge and jury, but there will also be an NHLPA representative “in an observer’s role,” according to Daly.

Under IIHF rules, players that are suspended in one tournament can have those suspensions carry over to other tournaments. Please recalled the knee-on-knee hit from Swedish defenseman Alex Edler on Canada’s Eric Staal, which resulted in a four-game suspension that bridged between the 2013 IIHF world championships and the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Would suspensions in the World Cup of Hockey carry over to other international tournaments?

“Absent extraordinary circumstances, discipline would be for the tournament only with no carryover,” said Daly, who added that “in extraordinary circumstances, each organization can treat as it sees fit.”

Wyshynski continues, explaining that the NHL's situation room will handle video review, and that a combination of NHL and IIHF referees will deal with penalties and coaches' challenges.

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Is Ovechkin banged-up? Nyet, nyet, nyet!

The Hockey News's Jared Clinton reports what is nothing less than a classic case of Russian reportage:

Russia’s Sport-Express reported Tuesday that [Alex] Ovechkin has suffered a lower-body injury during his off-season training, and the recovery time for the injury could be “at least three weeks.” The three week timeline would mean Ovechkin is back in time for the World Cup tournament, but it calls into question whether he’d be able to participate in training camp. But Russian news agency TASS said the injury “will prevent (Ovechkin) from playing in the World Cup.”

There’s no specifics regarding how the injury occurred, but a source reportedly told TASS that the injury is “muscle damage,” something that often happens when players are training.

However, shortly after news came that Ovechkin would be sidelined for the tournament, he released a statement through the Russian Ice Hockey Federation saying that he would be prepared for the season and no injury is hindering him.

“At the moment I continue to prepare for the season, the more so that this year we have an early start — in the national team, we have to participate in the World Cup,” Ovechkin said, per a rough translation of his statement through the RHF. “I train in the usual pre-season mode in the room and on the ice. I do not even know where (they) could take for my injury information. It is not in sight.”

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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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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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Saturday Headlines include injury talk and a wrinkle on shrinking goalie equipment

Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman discussed Patrick Marleau being on the trade market, the KHL deciding to make its players available for the World Cup of Hockey, WIlliam Nylander playing well in the AHL for Toronto, Connor McDavid's surgery (no torn labrum or separated shoulder), Pavel Datsyuk returning next Friday or Saturday, Zach Parise's likely status as being out for the month, and according to Friedman, per an NHL competition committee debate, the NHL is considering asking goalies to wear player-sized jerseys and have their chest protectors fit underneath:

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Dreger: ‘Iron Mike’ may become Comrade Keenan

I was reading about this during the summer, and now TSN's Darren Dreger is confirming that Mike Keenan, who's become a highly-respected coach with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the KHL, may in fact become a Russian citizen to help the Russian national team:

Mike Keenan's name pops up from time to time in NHL circles, usually in a story a former player or assistant coach has from an infamous experience with the legendary coach during his NHL days. Keenan coached 1386 NHL games and ranks seventh on the all-time wins list with 672.

At 65, Keenan is still working his craft, coaching Magnitogorsk in the KHL. Keenan is highly regarded in Russia having piloted his team to the league championship, the Gagarin Cup, in 2013-14. However, he may on the verge accomplishing something unique in the world of hockey, if not extraordinary.

The native of Whitby, Ont., is in the process of finalizing his Russian citizenship, as is his long-time assistant, Mike Pelino.  Russian officials have been encouraging Keenan do this for some time to show fans he is committed to the team, the KHL and the country. Keenan, who says he has learned enough of the Russian language to get by, is in the final year of his contract but doesn't sound like he's in any rush to get out. In fact, it's quite the opposite.

Once his Russian citizenship has been approved, there is a good chance the highly decorated coach will return to international competition. If all goes as planned, Keenan could be on the bench, or at least a member of Team Russia's staff, at future championships, including the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto in 2016.

If the Russians opt to include Keenan in upcoming championships, the historical link would be captivating. Iron Mike coached Team Canada to victory in the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cups, with both tournaments littered with incredible storylines both on and off the ice.

Dreger continues with discussions regarding PK Subban's off-ice business interests and the bumps the coach's challenge has faced thus far.

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World Cup of Hockey will be an expensive ticket

From the Hockey News's Ken Campbell:

If you want to see the World Cup of Hockey in person next fall, it’s going to cost you a minimum of almost a hundred bucks a game. And if you’re a real high roller and have an extra $7,000 lying around, you can get the best seats in the house for every game of the tournament.

Tickets for the NHL-NHL Players’ Association cashapalooza went on sale Wednesday and ticket prices per game range from $96.65 for the cheapest to $426.06 for the most expensive. And that is based on a 17-game tournament, which will happen if the final goes three games.

Since the organizers expect all the ticket packages will sell out, there’s almost no chance there will be single-game seats available to the public, so step right up and max out your credit cards, because this ain’t going to be cheap. And get your tickets right away before the sell out, which of course will give organizers almost a full year to hold onto that money and gain the interest on millions of dollars in ticket sales.

A ticket package for the cheapest seats in the house will set you back $1,643, but don’t worry it’s in Canadian funds and the HST is included. That works out to $96.65 a game. The price jumps to $2,293 for green and blue seats, which is $134.88 per game. Red seats cost $3,193 for the event, or $187.82 per game.

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Hockey Canada to announce World Cup of Hockey management team on Monday

Per Sportsnet's John Shannon, Hockey Canada is going for an ecclectic mix of "old and new" to helm Canada's 2016 World Cup team:

St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong will lead Canada’s management team for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, reports John Shannon.

Hockey Canada will announce on Monday that Armstrong will serve as GM and have fellow NHL front office personnel Ken Holland, Marc Bergevin and Rob Blake on his staff, according to Shannon.

Holland and Bergevin currently work as GMs for the Red Wings and Canadiens, respectively. Blake is an assistant GM with the Kings.

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Sportsnet And TVA Sports Awarded Broadcast Rights For World Cup Of Hockey In Canada

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 4, 2015) – Sportsnet has been awarded the exclusive English-language media rights in Canada and TVA Sports the exclusive French-language media rights in Canada to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today. The deal covers all tournament games – round-robin, semi-final and the best-of-three final – for the 2016 tournament and includes television, online and mobile rights.

The World Cup of Hockey will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto Sept. 17 – Oct. 1, 2016. Eight teams, comprised of the world’s best hockey players, will compete for a best-on-best international hockey championship.

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ESPN Awarded Exclusive Rights To Broadcast World Cup Of Hockey In The USA

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 4, 2015) – ESPN has been awarded the exclusive U.S. media rights to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the National Hockey League (NHL®) and National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today. The World Cup of Hockey will be played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto Sept. 17 – Oct. 1, 2016. Eight teams, comprised of the world’s best hockey players, will compete for a best-on-best international hockey championship.

The deal covers all tournament games – round-robin, semi-final and the best-of-three final – for the 2016 tournament and includes exclusive rights on television and radio, with most games to appear on ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN International gains the exclusive rights in over 20 countries served by its Pacific Rim and Latin North networks. Additionally, live access to coverage of the event on ESPN networks will be available through WatchESPN on computers, smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One via an affiliated video provider.  

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