The Biggest Surprises at the World Cup of Hockey so Far

September 22nd, 2016 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
The round-robin portion of the World Cup of Hockey is nearly in the books. With one day of action remaining, three of four semifinalists have been determined—we're just waiting to see whether Russia can beat winless Finland on Thursday to punch its ticket to the semifinals.

If the Russians lose, Team North America will advance. The 23-and-under team has been the fan favorite of the tournament thanks to the players' prodigious speed, skill and swashbuckling determination to push the play.

Is the young guns' success a surprise? The signs were there. Any fan who has watched Johnny Gaudreau, Connor McDavid or Nathan MacKinnon in their day jobs was already well aware of the deep natural talent those players possess.

Here's a look at the moments from the tournament so far that have made heads turn and jaws drop.

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