The 2018 World Championship will take place in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark. The tournament began Friday, May 4 and will conclude with the finals being on Sunday, May 20.
As always, since the tournament is taking place at the same time as the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, many key stars will be missing. However, this leaves room for new faces from college hockey and junior leagues to debut on the international stage. We will also be seeing a new team altogether as this year, South Korea will make their first ever World Championship appearance after previously playing at the Division I level.
In the preliminary stage, each team will play one game against the other teams in their group (a total of 7 games). The teams with the most points will move on to the Quarterfinals as done in most other tournaments. The teams are divided into Group A and Group B. To mention some notable teams, United States, Canada, and Finland are all in Group B while Russia and Sweden are in Group A.
The rosters for each team have been revealed. Most of the beginning lines will likely to be changed as more and more players from the NHL will join the tournament as their team gets eliminated from the playoffs.
Notable NHL players participating:
United States: Patrick Kane (C), Dylan Larkin (A), Connor Murphy (A), Keith Kinkaid, Alex DeBrincat, Chris Kreider, Scott Darling, Blake Coleman, Cam Atkinson, Will Butcher, Johnny Gaudreau
Canada: Connor McDavid (C), Aaron Ekblad, Jordan Eberle, Brayden Schenn, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Ryan O’Reilly, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins,
Russia: Artem Anisimov, Pavel Buchnevich, Evgenii Dadonov, Nikita Soshnikov
Sweden: John Klingberg, Adam Larsson, Mikael Backlund, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Anders Nilsson, Mika Zibanejad, Hampus Lindholm, Rickard Rakell
Finland: Mikael Granlund (C), Sebastian Aho (A), Mikko Rantanen (A), Julius Honka, Harri Säteri, Olli Palola, Teuvo Teräväinen
The NHL Network will be broadcasting all United States games. Click here to see the full schedule for each team and learn more about the World Championships.