Anticipation is building as exhibition games for the World Cup of Hockey have started. Ok Hockey fans you may have some questions about the 2016 World Cup of Hockey Tournament. The Hockey Fanatic has created a list of frequently asked questions that hockey fans may be having around the World Cup of Hockey.
2016 World Cup of Hockey FAQs
What is the 2016 World Cup of Hockey?
The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will feature eight teams competing for a best-on-best international hockey championship: The eight teams participating in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey are Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team North America. It is expected that more than 150 of the best players in the NHL will participate in this tournament.
When does the 2016 World Cup of Hockey take place?
The World Cup of Hockey will be held in Toronto from September 17 – October 1, 2016.
What is the format for the World Cup of Hockey tournament?
The format for the World Cup of Hockey tournament is a Preliminary Round, followed by Semifinals culminating with the Final.
Which teams does Group A consist of?
Group A will consist of the following teams:
Team Czech Republic
Team Europe (consisting of European players from birth countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden.)
Which teams does Group B consist of?
Group B will consist of the follwoing teams?
Team North America (which consists of a selection of the top players from Canada and the United States who are 23 or under as of Oct. 1, 2016).
How many players will each team have?
Each of the eight teams will have a roster of 23 players: 20 skaters and three goaltenders.
Who was eligible to be selected for Team North America?
The players for Team North America were selected from a pool of the best young hockey players from Canada and the United States. Those players must be 23 or under as of Oct. 1, 2016 (i.e., must have a date of birth on or after Oct. 2, 1992). Team North America is captained by Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid.
Who is eligible to be selected for Team Canada and Team USA?
As North American players 23-and-under will be available for selection exclusively by Team North America (see above), each player for Team Canada and Team USA must be 24 or older by no later than Oct. 1, 2016 (i.e., must have a date of birth of Oct. 1, 1992 or earlier).
Who is eligible to be selected for Team Europe?
Team Europe will be comprised of a pan-European roster of players from birth countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden – in short, all of the other European countries who are developing world-class hockey players in ever-increasing numbers. Countries such as Austria, Belarus, Denmark, France, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland (and others) will all be eligible for representation on Team Europe.
Who is the Captain of Team Canada?
Sidney Crosby will captain Team Canada.
Who is the captain of Team USA?
Joe Pavelski will captain Team USA.
Who is the captain of Team Russia?
Alex Ovechkin from the Washington Capitals will be the captain of Team Russia.
Who is the captain of Team Sweden?
Henrik Zetterberg from the Detroit Red Wings was named captain for Team Sweden.
Who is the captain of Team Finland?
Mikko Koivu from the Minnesota Wild was named Team Captain of Team Finland.
Who is the captain for Team Europe?
Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings was named Team Captain of Team Europe.
Who is the captain for Team Czech Republic?
Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec will captain Team Czech Republic.
Where will the World Cup of Hockey games be played?
All games for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be played at Air Canada Centre, in Toronto.
Where can I find a complete schedule of the World Cup of Hockey?
You can find the complete schedule of games here on the Hockey Fanatic: http://www.thehockeyfanatic.com/2016/07/world-cup-of-hockey-2016-schedule/
Which rules will the World Cup of Hockey be using for the tournament?
The tournament is a joint effort of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL), in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be played on NHL-sized rinks using NHL rules and officiated by NHL officials.
Where can I get tickets for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey?
The majority tickets for the events have been sold out. However a select number of tickets for the event were available at Ticketmaster.ca.
Where can I find the roster of players for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey?
While there have been some additions and subtractions to some of the rosters, the original World Cup of Hockey rosters can be found here on the Hockey Fanatic.
Who will be providing live coverage of the games?
Sportsnet has exclusive English-language media rights and TVA Sports the exclusive French-language media rights in Canada to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. CBC will also carry games in Canada. The deal covers all tournament games and includes television, online and mobile rights. ESPN owns the exclusive U.S. media rights on television and radio, with most games to appear on ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN International has the exclusive rights in over 20 countries served by its Pacific Rim and Latin North networks.
Is there an official website for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey?
Yes, WCH2016.com will serve as the official and most comprehensive and timely source of tournament news and information.