2dTal Pinchevsky

Get ready for the World Cup All-Snubs team

With names such as Hall, Perry, Lucic, Kessel, Giordano and Subban, a team made up strictly of players left off rosters would be a force to reckon with at the World Cup of Hockey.

The great Canadian hockey heist (0:47)
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5dScott Burnside

Old dog David Backes learning new tricks

For the first time in his NHL career, David Backes will start the season with a new team. But that's not all: He's also a key component for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey.

Outtakes from the Reg Carling World Cup promos (1:02)
Who will Melrose root for in World Cup of Hockey? (0:30)

World Cup captains, Josi, Tortorella, Cooper

Scott Burnside, Craig Custance and Joe McDonald talk Jimmy Vesey to the Rangers and discuss potential captain selections for the World Cup. Plus, Predators D Roman Josi, Blue Jackets HC John Tortorella and Lightning HC Jon Cooper.

Reg Carling has some questions about Team Europe (0:30)
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Vote for all-time best player for the big six

Who is the best player from the U.S., Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic? Help us determine National Hockey Legends: Pantheon of Greatness to be unveiled during the World Cup.

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12dRob Vollman

One big question for each East team

How much longer will Henrik Lundqvist be elite? Do the Bruins have enough depth? Rob Vollman asks one big question for every Eastern Conference team.

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12dRisto Pakarinen

Sweden's Hjalmarsson hooked on winning

Team Sweden is hoping Niklas Hjalmarsson will bring his championship fiber -- after all, he won three Stanley Cups in six years -- with him to the World Cup of Hockey.

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5dScott Burnside

Progess slow on leaner equipment for goalies

Sources tell ESPN that only one manufacturer has provided streamlined or tapered goaltending equipment for players. There is little hope the equipment will debut at the start of the season.

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17dScott Burnside

We haven't seen the last of Patrick Roy

In the wake of Patrick Roy's shocking departure from the Colorado Avalanche, attention is split between what the team will do now and where the former goalie great will land next.

Melrose will miss Saunders immensely (2:44)
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18dTal Pinchevsky

Where are the top hockey hotbeds?

ESPN.com examined each World Cup roster to discover which programs are the top NHL incubators. From Michigan to Modo, Sweden, here are the sport's rising talent pools.

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Vote now: How does your NHL team stack up?

ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings grades organizations on everything from ticket prices and stadium experience to the talent on the field, court or rink. How does your favorite NHL team stack up? Vote now!

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2016 Free-Agent Tracker

Follow all the big (and small) signings as the NHL's free-agency season gets underway with some big names on the market.


Corey Pronman @coreypronman

I bring this up because 'quick release' is often used in the hockey lexicon, yet lacks an alternative unlike most other attributes.

Corey Pronman @coreypronman

In years of talking to scouts, coaches, and managers, I've never heard them once describe a player as having a 'slow release' on their shot.

Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Detroit Red Wings Coach Jeff Blashill knows the importance of depth as only an organization with depth makes the playoffs for 25 consecutive years. He talked about that depth -- important considering offseason surgeries to players including recent back surgery to forward Tomas Jurco -- prior to giving the command to start engines for the NASCAR race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway:


Bob Pockrass NASCAR 

Detroit Red Wings Coach Jeff Blashill says most of his updates on Niklas Kronwall's knee come from GM Ken Holland. The defenseman pulled out of the World Cup because of the knee, but Blashill expects Kronwall to be ready for training camp. The coach gave the update while at Michigan International Speedway, where he will deliver the command to start engines for the NASCAR race today.


The great Canadian hockey heist

A robber dressed in goalie gear -- and armed with a hockey stick -- is seen on surveillance video breaking into a liquor store in Manitoba, Canada.


Matthew Coller

Thanks to some offseason maneuvering by their teams -- or lack thereof -- these six goalies will be facing a huge workload and a massive volume of shots against. Goalies facing toughest workloads in 2016-17

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Bucci Mane @Buccigross

NHL referee Chris Rooney Ruptured his achilles running. Had surgery Monday. Will miss World Cup of hockey and first 3-5 months. #WCH2016