The Word Cup of Hockey makes a date

The NHL locked in its dates for next year’s 2016 World Cup of Hockey, with the two-week tournament set to begin play on Sept. 17 and run through Oct. 1. Eight teams will play and be split into two Groups, Group A and Group B, for the Preliminary Round (Sept. 17-22), when each team will play its three Group opponents in a round-robin format. Group A will consist of Team Canada, Team Czech Republic and Team USA, plus Team Europe. Group B will see Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team North America. The top two finishers in Group A and Group B will then advance to the Semifinals from Sept. 24-25, with the winners set for the Final, a best-of-three series on Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and Oct. 1. ESPN carries the tournament.

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