Zach Parise has been relieved of his duties as Captain America for the US squad, but remains in the leadership group. Ryan Suter gets to keep his "A" while Jumbo Joe Pavelski is elevated to don the "C". The young guns in Team Europe and Team North America have rosters brimming with young talent and could cause a lot of trouble for their more experienced counterparts in Canada and the USA. It is certainly the most compelling element to the tournament.
We'll continue to ramp our coverage back up as the season draws ever closer. We're armed with a group of new writers we hope you are already enjoying and we're all very excited to get back to work for the season.
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World Cup of Hockey
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Why Team North America is a World Cup staple, not a gimmick - Sportsnet.ca
Watch this pedigree of player on a practice ice for three consecutive days, and you would have a hard time applying a negative label to a team comprised of every fan base’s most exciting young superstar.
Matthews eager to earn his spot with Team North America - Article - TSN
"It’s baptism by fire. But just being around him for two days, he’s very capable of handling that."
On Frozen Pond
Minnesota Gophers Add Two New Coaches
The Minnesota Gophers Men’s hockey team has hired a pair of former alums to their coaching staff, the school announced on Monday.
Off The Trail
Five Playoff Teams from Last Season Set to Flop in 2016-17
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Connor Hellebuyck changes number, honors Dan Snyder with family blessing
Throughout his career, Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck had worn No. 37 on his sweater, whether it was in the American Hockey League or playing for Team USA.