The World Cup of Hockey is back for the first time since 1996, and it should provide hockey fans with plenty of exciting and competitive international play before the 2016-17 NHL seasons begins in October.
Eight teams are split into two groups, with the top two teams from each group advancing to a single-elimination playoff. The top team from Group A will play the Group B runner-up in one semifinal, and the Group B winner will play the Group A runner-up in the other semifinal.
The semifinal winners will square off in a best-of-three final.
Here’s the full schedule for the entire tournament, with all times Eastern. Live streams of every game can be viewed on WatchESPN.
Saturday, Sept. 17
Team USA vs. Team Europe, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2
Team Czech Republic vs. Team Canada, 8 p.m., ESPNEWS
Sunday, Sept. 18
Team Sweden vs. Team Russia, 3 p.m., ESPN
Team North America vs. Team Finland, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Monday, Sept. 19
Team Europe vs. Team Czech Republic, 3 p.m., ESPN
Team Russia vs. Team North America, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Tuesday, Sept. 20
Team Finland vs. Team Sweden, 3 p.m., ESPN
Team Canada vs. Team USA, 8 p.m., ESPN
Wednesday, Sept. 21
Team North America vs. Team Sweden, 3 p.m., ESPN
Team Europe vs. Team Canada, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 22
Team Finland vs. Team Russia, 3 p.m., ESPN
Team USA vs. Team Czech Republic, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Saturday, Sept. 24
Semifinal, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Sunday, Sept. 25
Semifinal, 1 p.m., ESPN
Tuesday, Sept. 27
Final Game 1, 8 p.m., ESPN
Thursday, Sept. 29
Final Game 2, 8 p.m., ESPN2
Saturday, Oct. 1
Final Game 3, 7 p.m. (if necessary), ESPN2
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