Goaltender Price to play 1st game in nearly 10 months

While teenagers like Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews will get most of the attention during the eight-team tournament, there are a handful of players on the roster who are not all that young, at least in terms of National Hockey League experience.

"This jersey could be a one-time thing", coach Todd McLellan acknowledged. The U.S. wants to be physical. The others both proved how crucial they were in the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs. Two teams, Team North America and Team Europe, represent a number of countries, not just one. "We're entertainers; we're playing a sport".

They are not playing small roles, either.

“I think its good for hockey in many ways, ” San Jose Sharks and Canadian defenseman Brent Burns said. They're the defending best and they want to keep it going. This is one and done. But we sure don't rule out cell phones. They will be an exciting and talented young team to watch. A team like this one has never been assembled. “Obviously, they reach a huge amount of households, and a lot of people watch it if youre a hockey fan or not.

What's that you say?

Team Canada centre Ryan Getzlaf believes with Price's approach, he'll be fine.

The top two teams in each group play each other in semifinal games and then the finalists meet in a best-of-three final to decide World Cup supremacy.

If I don't sound terribly excited about the tournament it's because I've never been terribly interested in global hockey.

The big knock against Team North America is their lack of experience.

Thats part of the goal with the World Cup: dropping high-level hockey with 150 of the best players into the crowded fall sports calendar to attract viewers who arent hard-core hockey fans.

In the eyes of the National Hockey League, the World Cup is a win-win situation. "So the tempo will be at a different level than you're used to". "I think I have at times".

Larkin - who has played in the last two world championships - is part of the North American team, a squad consisting of all under age-23 players from Canada and the US who many analysts believe could be a darkhorse to win the tournament.

"That was a good opportunity for us to get to know each other", he said. "It shouldn't be a factor".

Players invited to try out for Canada's Olympic team in 2017 to '18 are expected to be named shortly after the world championship. Anthems will in-fact play ahead of each game for each team, with the exception of the European team. We have great defensemen here and great offense here, and it's all about our five-man units jelling and learning how to compete again. Since Day 1, all of these guys have wanted to prove ourselves, get ice time, and earn contracts.

  • Steve Townsend