The NHL has announced the groupings for the revived World Cup of Hockey for 2016.
In Group A, Canada, Czech Republic, USA and the European Selects All-Star team will battle each other in a four game preliminary round set. In Group B, Sweden, Finland, Russia and the U23 North American will compete for a chance at glory in their own group.
The top two teams from each group will form two semi-final games, with the winners going to the tournament finals. The champions will be decided with a best of three style final, something different from the usual one game elimination format that the IIHF runs with.
The tournament has been on a hiatus for the past 11 years. The last World Cup was also held back in 2004 in Toronto, with Canada defeating Finland 3-2 in the tournament final at the Air Canada Centre.
Tickets for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey go on sale October 14th. The tournament is set to take place from September 17th, with the tournament running no longer than October 1st. All games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
Preliminary Round (round robin)
Saturday, Sept. 17
Team Europe vs. Team USA, 3:30 p.m.
Team Canada vs. Team Czech Republic, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 18
Team Russia vs. Team Sweden, 3 p.m.
Team Finland vs. Team North America, 8 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 19
Team Czech Republic vs. Team Europe, 3 p.m.
Team North America vs. Team Russia, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Team Finland vs. Team Sweden, 3 p.m.
Team Canada vs. Team USA, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
Team North America vs. Team Sweden, 3 p.m.
Team Canada vs. Team Europe, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 22
Team Finland vs. Team Russia, 3 p.m.
Team Czech Republic vs. Team USA, 8 p.m.
Semifinals (single elimination; A1 vs. B2, B1 vs. A2)
Saturday, Sept. 24
Semifinal 1, TBD
Sunday, Sept. 25
Semifinal 2, TBD
Tuesday, Sept. 27
Final Game 1, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 29
Final Game 2, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 1
Final Game 3, 7 p.m. (if necessary)
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