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:
|Canada||Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford
|Russia||Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov
|Sweden||Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marcus Kruger
And here's the complete schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on ESPN:
|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.