On Tuesday, ESPN announced times, dates and broadcast networks for the 12-game World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament.
The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will be a two-week tournament beginning Saturday, Sept. 17, with the best-of-three Final set to begin Tuesday, Sept. 27.
The Blackhawks begin their 2016 preseason slate on Wednesday, Sept. 28 as the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins visit the United Center. If Canada advances to the Final, that would mean several players – including Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby – would still be playing in the World Cup of Hockey at the time of the preseason opener.
Here’s the pre-tournament schedule:
|Thu, Sep 8||12 p.m.||Sweden vs. Finland||Helsinki, Finland||ESPN3|
|12:30 p.m.||Czech Republic vs. Russia||St. Petersburg, Russia||ESPN3|
|8 p.m.||North America vs. Europe||Quebec City, Quebec||ESPN2|
|Fri, Sep 9||7 p.m.||Canada vs. USA||Columbus, OH||ESPNU|
|Sat, Sep 10||10:30 a.m.||Russia vs. Czech Republic||Prague, Czech Republic||ESPN3|
|12 p.m.||Finland vs. Sweden||Gothenburg, Sweden||ESPN3|
|7 p.m.||USA vs. Canada||Ottawa, Canada||ESPN3|
|Sun, Sep 11||6 p.m.||Europe vs. North America||Montreal, Canada||ESPN3|
|Tue, Sep 13||7 p.m.||Finland vs. USA||Washington, DC||ESPN|
|Wed, Sep 14||3:30 p.m.||Czech Republic vs. North America||Pittsburgh, PA||ESPN3|
|7 p.m.||Sweden vs. Europe||Washington, DC||ESPN3|
|7:30 p.m.||Russia vs. Canada||Pittsburgh, PA||ESPN2|