In our World Cup Preview, we provide the need-to-know for hockey’s hottest tournament with in-depth breakdowns of each team and features on the tourney’s most intriguing personalities. Who’s ready for world domination?
In our World Cup Preview, we provide the need-to-know for hockey’s hottest tournament with in-depth breakdowns of each team and features on the tourney’s most intriguing personalities. Who’s ready for world domination? Inside you’ll find: THE FIRST WORD – Stop pining for the Olympics and embrace the World Cup, says Jason Kay A GOLDEN SUNSET? – After a dominant performance in Sochi at the 2014 Olympics, Canada remains hockey’s pre-eminent superpower and enters the World Cup as the clear favorite. But with a decline in grassroots participation in the country, will the Canucks soon relinquish their crown? FAMILY MATTERS – Datsyuk’s return to mother Russia all about daughter BRAVE NEW WORLD – New World Cup is an experiment with infinite possibilities, and 2016 is the guinea-pig tourney CANADA – Only pressure can topple tournament favorite; Marchand makes his mark with malleability CZECH REPUBLIC – Outlook bleak for once-proud Czechs; Voracek seeks redemption after lost season EUROPE – Euros’ chances a matter of chemistry; Josi is The Man on more than one team FINLAND – Finns mine for gold by embracing the grind; Komarov hopes to make most of swan song NORTH AMERICA – Kids are World Cup’s speedy podium sleepers; ‘Johnny Hockey’ saves his best for big moments RUSSIA – Russians’ blueline anything but an Iron Curtain; Kucherov ready for elite sniper status worldwide SWEDEN – Can ‘King Henrik’ and friends avenge Sochi loss?; World Cup is Ekman-Larsson’s launching pad USA – Will Yanks regret building team to beat Canada?; Wheeler puts it all together with mouth and play THE LAST WORD – Gimmick-team ideas from Ken Campbell to top Europe and North America And much more.
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