The tournament begins today (August 30th), with the round-robin running through September 5th. The finals will be played on September 14th in Toronto.
Date Venue Teams Time Result
Monday, Aug. 30 Hartwall Arena, Helsinki Czech Republic vs Finland 1pm et -
Tuesday, Aug. 31 Globe Arena, Stockholm Germany vs Sweden 1pm et -
Tuesday, Aug. 31 Bell Centre, Montreal Canada vs United States 7pm et -
Wednesday, Sept. 1 Globe Arena, Stockholm Czech Republic vs Sweden 1pm et -
Wednesday, Sept. 1 Bell Centre, Montreal Canada vs Slovakia 7pm et -
Thursday, Sept. 2 Cologne Arena, Cologne Finland vs Germany 1:30pm et -
Thursday, Sept. 2 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul United States vs Russia 7pm et -
Friday, Sept. 3 Sazka Arena, Prague Germany vs Czech Republic 1pm et -
Friday, Sept. 3 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul United States vs Slovakia 7pm et -
Saturday, Sept. 4 Hartwall Arena, Helsinki Sweden vs Finland 8pm et -
Saturday, Sept. 4 Air Canada Centre, Toronto Canada vs Russia 7pm et -
Sunday, Sept. 5 Air Canada Centre, Toronto Russia vs Slovakia 7pm et -
Monday, Sept. 6 Home Arena of E1 Quarterfinal: E1 vs E4 1pm et -
Tuesday, Sept. 7 Home Arena of E2 Quarterfinal: E2 vs E3 1pm et -
Tuesday, Sept. 7 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Quarterfinal: NA1 vs NA4 or NA2 vs NA3 7pm et -
Wednesday, Sept. 8 Air Canada Centre, Toronto Quarterfinal: NA1 vs NA4 or NA2 vs NA3 7pm et -
Friday, Sept. 10 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Semifinal 7pm et -
Saturday, Sept. 11 Air Canada Centre, Toronto Semifinal 6:30pm et -
Tuesday, Sept. 14 Air Canada Centre, Toronto Championship Final 7pm et
On to the rankings...
1. Canada - Expectations will be high for the 2002 Olympic Champions, but the depth of the Canadian team warrants Cup-winning hopes. There's plenty of talent up front, with a few random checkers thrown in for good measure. Losing stalwart blueliners Rob Blake and Chris Pronger could be a problem, but none of the other teams in the tournament will be backstopped by the kind of goaltending that Canada has.
2. Sweden - Offensively, Sweden should be a handful, with Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin, Markus Naslund and Daniel Alfredsson leading the creative forces. A skilled blueline could use a little sandpaper and the goaltending of Tommy Salo is a bit of a crapshoot, but Sweden will be right there should Canada fail to live up to expectations.
3. USA - A veteran squad that is looking like the last kick at the International can for a core group that includes 11 forwards and six defencemen over 30 years of age. There's enough talent for the Americans to contend, but they will need exceptional goaltending performances from Robert Esche or Rick DiPietro to pull it off.
4. Czech Republic - Traditionally strong in international play, the Czechs have intriguing talent up front, particularly if the likes of Jaromir Jagr and Martin Havlat play to their capabilities. The defence is merely adequate and in front of questionable goaltending, could be the undoing for the Czech team.
5. Slovakia - An emerging nation on the international hockey scene, Slovakia is blessed with a plethora of offensively-gifted forwards. Aside from Zdeno Chara and Lubomir Visnovsky, however, the defence corps isn't up to snuff -- especially for a team with minor-league goaltenders.
6. Russia - Internal strife could sabotage the Russian squad, with too many top players withdrawing from the competition. Even so, there will be no shortage of skill, but perhaps the Russians are at least a couple of years away from having youngsters like Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk and Alexander Ovechkin at their peak. With Ilya Bryzgalov looking like the starter in net, the Russians might have to be scoring in bunches.
7. Finland - Not as deep as the other teams in the tourney, Finland can't be written off because they play such a disciplined game and have outstanding goaltending with Miikka Kiprusoff, Vesa Toskala and Kari Lehtonen.
8. Germany - If a team is going to be written off in the World Cup, Germany is the one. Only a handful of NHLers are on the team, meaning Olaf Kolzig will get bombarded with rubber. Jochen Hecht and Shark forwards Marco Sturm and Marcel Goc will be counted on to put the puck in the net.