The New York Rangers said they have something to prove in training camp after last season. Forward Rick Nash, who has led the Rangers in goals in three of his four seasons with the team, said he felt his spot in the lineup was not guaranteed and that he'd have to earn his ice time with a strong showing in training camp.
When Canada faced the Soviet Union in the 1972 Summit Series, it started the Canada Cup, which became the World Cup. Now, in the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey 2016, it will be Team Canada against Team Russia at Air Canada Centre on Saturday.
"We got some darn good players," Team USA general manager Dean Lombardi said. "But the reality is, that matchup on a skill basis, if you want to go head-to-head and play a skill game, your odds of winning that game when you look at those matchups [are] not very good."
With a 3-0 win by Team Russia against Team Finland on Thursday at Air Canada Centre, a shot at the semifinals vanished for Team North America. Team North America captain Connor McDavid said, "We did everything we could,” said McDavid.
Team Russia clinched second place in Group B with a 3-0 victory against Team Finland in its final preliminary-round game at Air Canada Centre on Thursday. Team USA is leaving the World Cup of Hockey 2016 without a victory after losing to Team Czech Republic 4-3 in the final preliminary-round game at Air Canada Centre on Thursday.
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said he’s ready to see the players on the ice at training camp starting Friday. He’s looking forward to the competitions throughout the roster following a summer that included new additions to the team.
Team Canada stayed undefeated in the preliminary round of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 with a 4-1 win against Team Europe at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday. Team North America got closer to the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 with a 4-3 overtime win against Team Sweden in the last preliminary round game for each team at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday.
Just sitting around the house tonight w my dog. Felt like I should be doing something important, but couldn't put my finger on it.— Phil Kessel (@PKessel81) September 21, 2016
Forward Zach Parise said, "Didn't Phil have surgery? I don't think he could even play anyway. His tweet didn't really make sense."
The New York Rangers will begin Training Camp on Thursday, September 22 at MSG Training Center. All players will undergo medical testing on September 22.
The multicultural city of Toronto, host city of the World Cup of Hockey 2016, was a fitting backdrop for the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL) to unveil the World Cup of Hockey 2016 Legacy Project. The 2016 Legacy Project supports recent immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers – new Canadians – using hockey to adapt into their new communities across the Greater Toronto Area.