PRE-TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE CLOSES WITH THREE-GAME SLATE
The World Cup of Hockey 2016 pre-tournament schedule closes with three games across two cities on Wednesday.
* Team Canada and Team Russia will continue their storied rivalry when they meet in the final tune-up for both clubs before World Cup of Hockey 2016. Longtime Penguins teammates and 2016 Stanley Cup champions Sidney Crosby (Team Canada) and Evgeni Malkin (Team Russia) will go head-to-head in front of their home crowd at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
* Team Czech Republic will face Team North America, also at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. In their last game on Sept. 10, Team Czech Republic secured a 2-1 shootout win over Team Russia after captain Tomas Plekanec knotted the score with 1:11 remaining in regulation and Jakub Voracek and Ales Hemsky scored in the shootout. Team North America outscored Team Europe 11-4 in a pair of pre-tournament contests and is backstopped by Penguins Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Matt Murray.
* Team Sweden will face off against Team Europe at Verizon Center in Washington. Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom – who has been skating on a dynamic line alongside Filip Forsberg and Patric Hornqvist – will represent Team Sweden in front of his NHL home crowd while Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer is expected to see his first action with Team Europe.
Thursday, Sept. 15
World Cup of Hockey 2016 Media Day – Air Canada Centre
* Full schedule available on media.nhl.com
Friday, Sept. 16
Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village opens – Toronto’s Distillery District
Pepsi World Cup of Hockey Premiere Party – Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village
Saturday, Sept. 17
World Cup of Hockey 2016 tournament officially begins at Air Canada Centre:
3:30 p.m. – Team USA @ Team Europe
8:00 p.m. – Team Czech Republic @ Team Canada
REMINDER: WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY CREDENTIALS AVAILABLE FOR PICK-UP
Media credential pick-up for World Cup of Hockey 2016 is now available at Air Canada Centre (Southside of the building facing Lake Shore Blvd.) daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Media are strongly encouraged to pick up their credential prior to Thursday’s World Cup of Hockey Media Day if possible.
A complete media schedule of events and other tournament publications and information can be found at media.nhl.com.
Team Canada added forward Ryan O’Reilly to their roster, replacing Tyler Seguin…Tickets for Pepsi World Cup of Hockey Premiere Party featuring The Killers, Sam Roberts Band and Daya are available for purchase at ticketmaster.ca… Team Finland’s Patrik Laine – who was selected No. 2 overall by the Jets at the 2016 NHL Draft – scored his first goal of exhibition play… ICYMI: Team North America players Brandon Saad, John Gibson, J.T. Miller, and Vincent Trocheck – who all grew up playing hockey in the Pittsburgh area – as well as Penguins goaltender Matt Murray skated with 30 local minor hockey players after practice on Tuesday at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pa.