World Cup of Hockey 2016: Odds for Each Team to Win the Tournament

August 18th, 2016 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »
There will be hockey in less than a month. Fiercely played hockey, with the best players in the world playing for their country's honor.

If the original news went by without being noticed, here it is again: The World Cup of Hockey takes place from Sept. 17-29 (if necessary, the third game in the best-of-three final will be played on Oct. 1) in Toronto, with eight teams competing for a trophy that unfortunately looks like a piece of glassware made by an inebriated craftsman.

But, hey, who cares what the trophy looks like? These are bragging rights for a country to call itself the best in hockey.

Yes, yes, there are too many international tournaments now, and the resumption of the World Cup (it hasn't been played in this format since 2004) runs the risk of indifference from a larger sporting public that usually doesn't start to notice hockey until the first snowfall.

With the NHL's participation in the next Winter Olympics still looking iffy, the World Cup is the preferred mechanism by which commissioner Gary Bettman and the league's 30 owners, not to mention Donald Fehr and the NHL Players' Association, get to show off their top player ...

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