The World Cup of Hockey is an international ice hockey tournament organized by the National Hockey League (NHL). It was founded in 1996 and unlike other international tournaments, they adapt NHL rules. This year’s tournament takes place between September 17 and October 1 in Toronto, Canada between eight teams. The teams are comprised mainly of NHL superstars including Canada’s Sidney Crosby and America’s Patrick Kane.
The World Cup of Hockey looks to be very competitive giving it a lot of betting potential as most teams have a legitimate shot at winning it all.
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The World Cup of Hockey is unlike any other international tournament because of its layout. Majority of the players involved are from the NHL and new to this year’s tournament are two combination teams comprised of a mixture of young stars (Team North America) and the best European players outside Sweden, Russia, Finland and Czech Republic (Team Europe). The tournament starts with two groups of four teams each. They play each other in a round-robin and the top four teams advance to the semifinals where the final two face off in a best-of-three series. The tournament is built to look more like a two-week long NHL all-star extravaganza.
The nation that invented hockey should be the favorite to win the whole tournament but their American neighbors might have something to say about it. Despite how stacked Canada’s international teams get, team USA finds a way to give them a run for their money like they did during the 2010 Winter Olympics where they defeated them in the group stage and forced overtime in the gold medal game. For this tournament, the Americans may be the best underdog bet to win it all especially if they upset Canada.
Out of the four European national teams, Sweden is likely the best team. They are consistently excellent. The 2006 Olympic Gold Medalists also finished second in the 2014 Olympics. Russia is a team loaded with talent but are notorious underperformers and have failed to advance past the quarterfinals in the last two Olympic tournaments. Finland consistently finishes close to the podium while the Czech Republic hopes to repeat their underdog championship run from the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.
The two special conglomerate teams are interesting because of the diversity and newness. Team North America will likely be the tournament’s biggest underdogs as the players lack experience despite having superstar potential. Team Europe will be a chippy team that has the best remaining European players and opposite to Team North America, they are rich in experience.