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World Cup of Hockey 2016: Start times, TV schedule and live stream for the tournament

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Here's the schedule for this year's World Cup of Hockey.

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The NHL has released the full schedule for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey set for Sept. 17-Oct. 1 in Toronto. Eight teams will play in the tournament, and many of them include members of the Chicago Blackhawks. ESPN got the deal to broadcast the action, and every single game except for one will be on ESPN or ESPN2.

The schedule starts on Sept. 17 with a matchup between Team USA and Team Europe, which includes players from a number of European nations. That game will see Patrick Kane take on Marian Hossa, so there's one no-brainer reason to watch if you're a Chicago fan.

The tournament concludes the round robin stage on Sept. 22, then begins the semifinals on Sept. 24. The winners of the semifinals will then meet for a three-game championship series running from Sept. 27-Oct. 1.

Here's a quick look at the Hawks on each team:

Team Players
United States
Patrick Kane
Canada Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford
Russia Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov
Finland Ville Pokka
Sweden Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marcus Kruger
Czech Republic
Michal Kempny
Europe Marian Hossa

And here's the complete schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on ESPN:

Date Time (ET) Telecast Network
Sat, Sep 17 3:30 p.m. Group Play: USA vs. Europe ESPN2

8 p.m. Group Play: Czech Republic vs. Canada ESPNEWS
Sun, Sep 18 3 p.m. Group Play: Sweden vs. Russia ESPN

8 p.m. Group Play: North America vs. Finland ESPN2
Mon, Sep 19 3 p.m. Group Play: Europe vs. Czech Republic ESPN2

8 p.m. Group Play: Russia vs. North America ESPN2
Tue, Sep 20 3 p.m. Group Play: Finland vs. Sweden ESPN

8 p.m. Group Play: Canada vs. USA ESPN
Wed, Sep 21 3 p.m. Group Play: North America vs. Sweden ESPN

8 p.m. Group Play: Europe vs Canada ESPN2
Thu, Sep 22 3 p.m. Group Play: Finland vs. Russia ESPN

8 p.m. Group Play: USA vs. Czech Republic ESPN2
Sat, Sep 24 7 p.m. Semifinal one ESPN2
Sun, Sep 25 1 p.m. Semifinal two ESPN
Tue, Sep 27 8 p.m. Final: Game one ESPN
Thu, Sep 29 8 p.m. Final: Game two ESPN2
Sat, Oct 1 7 p.m. Final: Game three (if necessary) ESPN2

All games will also be available for streaming on WatchESPN.