When you mention USA Hockey, two things come to mind: The 1980 Miracle on Ice from the Olympic Games and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey. While the former was an incredible accomplishment, the latter put Americans on the hockey map. It was the inaugural event and Team Canada was the heavy favorites, especially considering they were playing on home ice. The Americans were no slouches, though. With Brett Hull, Mike Modano, Keith Tkachuk and John LeClair, Team USA had quite possibly its strongest roster in any international competition.
The tone was set early on when Team USA defeated Canada in round-robin action as the Americans finished first in the group with a perfect 3-0 record. The Americans breezed by the Russians in the semifinals and made easy work of Canada in the finals, sending the hockey world into a frenzy.
Brett Hull was spectacular that year, leading the tournament in scoring with seven goals and 11 points in seven games. Tkachuk is Team USA’s all-time leader in scoring with 12 points in 12 games played at the 1996 and 2004 World Cup of Hockey tournaments.
Today, the Americans still boast a star-studded lineup, which features three-time Stanley Cup champion and Hart Trophy winner Patrick Kane as well as San Jose Sharks sniper Joe Pavelski.
US Hockey Team Betting Lines Today
Whether on home soil or on the road, following Team USA's schedule regardless of the international competition is crucial.
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The Americans kick off the World Cup of Hockey tournament with a tough match against Team Europe on Sept. 17 at the Air Canada Centre.
Team USA should be able to squeak past the European club, which is comprised of players whose countries aren't represeneted in the tournament.
Team USA will have its hands full in its second game on Sept. 20 when they take on hosts and defending champions Canada.
US Hockey Team Standings Right Now
Regardless of the international competition, Team USA will more than likely be near the top of the group standings. Evidence of that was at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey when the Americans finished at the top of their group with three victories and no losses.
Team USA will be in a group that consists of Canada, Czech Republic and Team Europe.
Keep track of where Team USA and its next opponents sit in the standings before putting your money down.
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Team USA is among a handful of legitimate contenders to capture gold at the World Cup of Hockey.
The Canadians are a no brainer, followed by Russia and Sweden. Then there are the Americans, who Bovada pegs at +600 to win the tournament outright. Their backs will certainly be against the wall, but Team USA has what it takes to repeat the same magic that saw the club win gold at the 1996 World Cup of Hockey.
But while any of the eight teams competing could skate away with the top prize, it will be hard to avoid the Canada vs. United States rivalry in this tournament.
Team USA head coach John Tortorella, a Stanley Cup champion, knows all about the rivalry that has carried on for decades.
“For a U.S. team to go into Toronto, a Canadian city, a fantastic hockey city, to go in there and do our business and do it the right way, as this point of my career it would rank as one of the top things,” Tortorella told CBS Sports. “It’s the U.S. in Canada. We’re looking forward to it.”
Breaking down this American team, goaltending will be the strong suit with both Ben Bishop and Jonathan Quick between the pipes. Up front, the team should have no issues finding the back of the net with the likes of Kane, Pavelski and Montreal Canadians star forward Max Pacioretty. Quite possibly the biggest surprise was the team’s decision to leave sniper Phil Kessel off this year’s roster. Kessel is a pure goal scorer and his speed and skill will be missed.
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