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Full steam ahead for Sweden's Hornqvist

Stanley Cup champion and stalwart Pittsburgh Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist has never let being underappreciated affect him, and he's taking that same approach heading into the World Cup.

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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.

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

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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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9dRob 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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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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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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Always an honor for Hemsky to represent Czech Republic (2:09)
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Nick Bonino brings Cup back to his roots

Nick Bonino's career got off to a rocky start, and his ascension to the pros was never a sure thing. But with his day with the Stanley Cup, he brought it back to where he turned it all around.

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Nick Bonino brings Stanley Cup to Avon Old Farms (0:53)
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14dScott 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.

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Melrose will miss Saunders immensely (2:44)
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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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Seguin recovering, looking forward to World Cup (2:24)
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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.

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Canada picks Crosby as World Cup captain

Sidney Crosby is chosen as team captain for Canada and will lead the team in the World Cup of Hockey in September. Details

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ESPN Staff Now 

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr speaking to the ESPN World Cup of Hockey production team today in Bristol.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The Colorado Avalanche have named Jared Bednar as head coach, the team announced Thursday. "After profiling the type of coach I wanted for our team and going through an interview process with several good candidates, I believe that Jared Bednar is the best person to lead this team behind the bench," said Avalanche GM Joe Sakic. "Jared's track record of success as a head coach in the American Hockey League speaks for itself and he is considered to be one of the top up-and-coming coaches in our business." Bednar, 44, coached the Columbus Blue Jackets' AHL affiliate to the 2016 Calder Cup championship.

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Babcock on Auston Matthews: "I don't know what his role will be, but he'll get better every day of the tournament."

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Mike Babcock uses everyone's nickname expect for Claude Julien. Guess the Bruins coach needs a nickname.

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Babcock said he won't play a goaltender in back-to-back exhibition games. The coach said there will be plenty of opportunity for goalies.

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Doug Armstrong on Duncan Keith: "You don't replace a guy like Duncan Keith, but we'll be a unit of seven guys back there."