World Cup of Hockey schedule and format released

On Wednesday the NHL and NHLPA announced the schedule and format for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

The tournament will take place from September 17 to October 1. All games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

The eight teams will be split into the following groups:
Group A
Czech Republic
United States
Team Europe

Group B
Team North America

Team Europe will consist of players from 15 European nations outside of the four countries that will assemble their own rosters.

Team North America will be made up of under-23 players from Canada and the United States.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, October 14.

Full schedule: