The World Cup of Hockey tournament starts today, and there are three Dallas Stars that you need to keep an eye on. Here’s how to follow along.
While most people are probably wrapped up in college football this morning waiting for some of the big games of the day, there is hockey on the horizon! It feels so good to write that once again.
The Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON will be a very active site for the next two weeks as three Dallas Stars and multiple other hockey players gather for the revival of the World Cup of Hockey.
The 2016-17 NHL regular season does not kick off for another three and a half weeks, but there is plenty of hockey to go around between now and then. This all starts with the World Cup of Hockey which spans over the next two weeks.
Back in early June, it looked as though the Dallas Stars would have five players representing their team come time for the World Cup.
But an offseason of misfortune ended up benching Tyler Seguin and captain Jamie Benn from the Team Canada roster, leaving only three Stars remaining in the tournament. Those three are Ales Hemsky, Radek Faksa, and Esa Lindell.
Hemsky and Faksa are playing for Team Czech Republic and Lindell is representing for Team Finland. All three players are in the starting lineups for their respective countries and will be playing towards some preseason bragging rights on their way to the NHL preseason.
These three Dallas Stars will miss all of training camp and a good majority of the preseason, considering the tournament spans from September 17 – October 1. But that doesn’t mean their efforts will go unnoticed. If you want to keep up with all things World Cup and Dallas Stars, here is a brief schedule to get you started with the opening week.
There are two games on today’s schedule. Team USA (just because ‘Merica) plays against Team Europe at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Following that, Faksa and Hemsky will suit up for their first game against Team Canada at 7:00 p.m. on ESPNEWS.
Tomorrow night, Team Finland takes on Team North America at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN2, giving Lindell one of many opportunities in the coming weeks to prove that he is ready to be a full-time starter on the Dallas Stars blue line.
There are two games each day leading up to Thursday the 22nd. On Saturday the 24th, the semifinals will begin. And on Tuesday, September 27th, the first game of the championship will be played.
In case you have forgotten, the tournament is made up of eight teams split into two groups of four. Each of these groups has a round robin to determine which four teams overall are the strongest. These four will advance to the semifinals (two from each group), and will play a one-game match to decide who moves on to the best-of-three finals series.
This mixed in with the Traverse City Tournament leaves Dallas Stars fans a lot to keep an eye on as the weekend progresses.
It’s going to be an exciting two weeks for these three Dallas Stars and the rest of the NHL superstars that qualified for this tournament. Enjoy every second of it as a pleasing appetizer before we dive into a season filled with opportunity.