ESPN and the NHL announced the 2016 World Cup broadcast schedule on Wednesday. ESPN will broadcast every game of the reborn tournament, which will be held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
The tournament opens on September 17 with an afternoon game between Team USA and Team Europe. That evening Team Canada will face the Czech Republic. The other four teams will play the following day.
Group play will last from September 17 to September 22, closing out with a game between the U.S. and Czech Republic. There will be a one-day break before the elimination rounds start on September 24.
Calling the games for all Team USA games and elimination round games will be Steve Levy and Barry Melrose. The rest of the games will feature John Buccigross with analyst Kevin Weekes. In-studio analysis will be provided by Brett Hull, Chris Chelios, Buccigross, John Saunders and Adnan Virk.
Date, Time (ET), Telecast, Network
Sep 17, 3:30 p.m., Group Play: USA vs. Europe, ESPN2
Sep 17, 8 p.m., Group Play: Czech Republic vs. Canada, ESPNEWS
Sep 18, 3 p.m., Group Play: Sweden vs. Russia, ESPN
Sep 18, 8 p.m., Group Play: North America vs. Finland, ESPN2
Sep 19, 3 p.m., Group Play: Europe vs. Czech Republic, ESPN2
Sep 19, 8 p.m., Group Play: Russia vs. North America, ESPN2
Sep 20, 3 p.m., Group Play: Finland vs. Sweden, ESPN
Sep 20, 8 p.m., Group Play: Canada vs. USA, ESPN
Sep 21, 3 p.m., Group Play: North America vs. Sweden, ESPN
Sep 21, 8 p.m., Group Play: Europe vs Canada, ESPN2
Sep 22, 3 p.m., Group Play: Finland vs. Russia, ESPN
Sep 22, 8 p.m., Group Play: USA vs. Czech Republic, ESPN2
Sep 24, 7 p.m., Semifinal one, ESPN2
Sep 25, 1 p.m., Semifinal two, ESPN
Sep 27, 8 p.m., Final: Game one, ESPN
Sep 29, 8 p.m., Final: Game two, ESPN2
Oct 1, 7 p.m., Final: Game three (if necessary), ESPN2
In Canada, all Team Canada group play games will be aired on Sportsnet, while semifinal and final round games will be aired on CBC.
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