Brandon Saad, Henrik Lundqvist, Evgeni Malkin and Tuukka Rask (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
The NHL has announced the training camp and pre-tournament locations for the World Cup of Hockey. Team Canada will be in Ottawa and North America and Europe will select their teams in Montreal and Quebec City. Team USA is heading to Columbus for training camp.
The World Cup of Hockey is inching ever closer, and now fans looking to catch training camps and exhibition games can start planning nearly nine months in advance as the NHL has announced locations and dates for all pre-tournament activities. Training camps for the eight-team tournament are set to begin Sept. 4-5, with each club playing three pre-tournament games between Sept. 8-14. Each of Team Canada, Team North America and Team Europe will hold their training camps in Canada. The Canadian squad will host their camp at Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Center, with Montreal’s Bell Centre and Quebec City’s Videotron Centre sharing training camp hosting duties for the two non-national teams, Europe and North America.
Team Canada’s single home pre-tournament date — against Team USA on Sept. 10 — will also be played in Ottawa. The European team will play one home game at Washington’s Verizon Center, and North America will be the home side for one game in Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center. USA’s training camp will be held at Columbus’ Nationwide Arena, which will also play host to a Canada vs. USA pre-tournament matchup Sept. 9. The U.S. squad will travel to Ottawa the next night before closing out the exhibition slate against Finland in Washington. The other European clubs — Finland, Sweden and Czech Republic — will each host their training camps at home. Finland’s camp is scheduled for Helsinki, Sweden will select their team in Gothenburg and Czech Republic will head to Prague for training camp. Helsinki, Gothenburg and Prague will each play host to one pre-tournament game before the respective national teams head to North America for the remainder of the tournament. As for Russia, the location of their training camp is to be determined, though they do have a pre-tournament game scheduled to be played at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg. The issue for the Russian team is finding an unoccupied building to host their training camp, as the KHL season will be in full swing by August 2016. Final rosters for the tournament will have to be set before Sept. 17 when the preliminary round kicks off. Group ‘A’ consists of Canada, Czech Republic, Europe and USA. Group ’B’ is made up of Finland, North America, Russia and Sweden. The full pre-tournament schedule, as well as training camp locations, can be seen below