2016 World Cup Of Hockey Schedule Released

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The schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey leaked today, confirming the already reported Group structure from earlier this year, along with the full tally of games in Toronto next fall to crown the newest World Cup of Hockey global champion.

Host nation Canada will open up their tournament against the Czechs on 17 September, with the United States formally kicking off the tournament earlier in the day against the “Euro Stars” squad. Group B meets the next day, with Russia facing Sweden and Finland playing the Under-23 “Team North America” squad.

The top two teams in each group will advance to a Semifinal, with the winners playing in a Best-of-Three final reminiscent of early Canada Cup tournaments in 1976, 1984, 1987,ย 1991, as well as the first World Cup final inย 1996. This final willย crown the first champion since 2004, when Canada took the title at the Air Canada Centre, also the host of the 2016 tournament.

The tournament schedule is as follows (with non-IHLC eligible games listed in italics):

Group A:ย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธย ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ
Group B: ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎย ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บย ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Saturday, 17 September
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States vs. Team Europe ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Czechia ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

Sunday, 18 September
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Team North America ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Monday, 19 September
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. Team Europe ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Russia vs.ย Team North America ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Tuesday, 20 September
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Sweden ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Wednesday, 21 September
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden vs.ย Team North America ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada vs. Team Europe ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ

Thursday, 22 September
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland vs. Russia ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czechia vs. United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Saturday, 24 September
Semifinal #1

Sunday, 25 September
Semifinal #2

Tuesday, 27 September
Final, Game One

Thursday, 29 September
Final, Game Two

Saturday, 01 October
Final, Game Three (if necessary)

Depending on who leaves Moscow with the IHLC after the 2016 IIHF World Championships, the IHLC may not even make it to Toronto, particularly if a smaller European nation like Slovakia or Switzerland captures Gold. However, if this year’s Prague tournament is any indicator of the dominant nations who will be in competition, the IHLC will surely be back up for grabs at the World Cup for the first time in over a decade…and we can’t wait!

Photo Credit: Olympic.caย – IIHFHHOFIOC

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