Hockey Canada knows a thing or two about putting together gold-medal winning teams, regardless the international competition. That has been the case for the only two World Cup of Hockey events as well as the Canada Cup it was known as before. The Canadians have captured gold at the eight-team tournament, which was last staged in 2004 on home soil. Who can forget Vincent Lecavalier’s MVP-performance from that year, when the former Tampa Bay Lightning forward finished second in scoring with seven points in six games en route to leading Canada to the title over Finland.
Lecavalier went on to be named tournament most valuable player. But he wasn’t the only Canadian to shine during the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. In what would be his final international competition, Mario Lemieux — at age 39 — set up Joe Sakic for the opening goal of the gold-medal match to ignite the offense.
Canada’s victory came on the heels of a defeat at the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996, where they lost to Team USA in the final in Toronto. After victories over Germany in the quarterfinals and Sweden in the semis, the Canadians fell short in the championship against a star-studded American team.
Lecavalier along with Wayne Gretzky are the all-time scoring leaders for Canada at the tournament, as both have seven points apiece.
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Whether it’s the Olympic Games or the World Cup of Hockey, it’s imperative to follow Canada’s every move throughout the tournament.
The Canadians won all six of their games during the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and will be looking to repeat the same magic this time around as well.
Use the next game widget, which provides up-to-date live odds, as a helpful tool before putting your money down on Team Canada.
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Canada will have a favorable matchup when they open the World Cup of Hockey. The Canadians will face the Czech Republic on Sept. 17 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
It should be a tight match early on but expect the Canadians to pull away in the latter stages of the game.
It’s Canada’s second game many have circled on their calendars when they take on the United States on Sept. 20.
Canada Hockey Team Standings Right Now
Regarldess the international competition, expect Canada to be at the top of their group. That will be the case when the World Cup of Hockey begins as Canada will be in a group that consists of Team USA, Czech Republic and Team Europe.
Keep track of where Canada and its following opponents sit in the standings before putting your money down during the World Cup of Hockey.
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The Mike Babcock-led Canadians will be shooting for another World Cup of Hockey championship when the 2016 edition gets underway.
With multiple Stanley Cup champions Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks leading the way, Canada is once again a heavy favorite to win the gold medal. Bovada oddsmakers have Canada at -105 to win the championship, followed by Russia at +400 and Sweden at +500.
“You don’t want to stumble out of the gate, because it’s a quick round-robin. If you’re not prepared to play, you could not make the semifinal,” Team Canada general manager told nhl.com. “It’s going to be a high-tempo tournament and we’re going to play at a high tempo.”
The Canadians definitely have the skill and speed to compete at a high tempo in a tournament played under National Hockey League rules and rink regulations.
Aside from Crosby and Toews, Canada also boasts a lethal lineup that features 60-goal man Steven Stamkos. Throw in Tyler Seguin, John Tavares along with Jamie Benn and you have the makings of potentially another gold-medal team.
Canada’s greatest threat at the World Cup of Hockey will be the United States and Team Russia, both of which have strong rosters as well.
Canada’s hopes for gold, however, will be pinned on Crosby and Toews, who both will be looking to add to their impressive international trophy case.
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