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Chara, Tatar still wrapping heads around Team Euro idea

Zdeno Chara has many questions about the World Cup's Euro team. Elsa/Getty Images

TORONTO -- Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has been a member of the Slovakian Olympic team three times. He also has participated in six world championships for his country.

In September 2016, however, instead of competing in his second World Cup of Hockey for Slovakia, Chara will be a member of Team Europe.

"There are a few unknowns with how it's all going to be played out," Chara said. "For example: What anthem are we going to have? What are we going to have for our jersey crest? Yeah, there are a few unknowns and I'm sure they're going to sort them out. It's going to be interesting and I'm sure there will be some surprises."

The United States, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic, along with Team Europe and an under-24 YoungStars team will compete in the eight-team tournament. It will begin on Sept. 17 and run for two weeks, with all games being held at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Players have had mixed feelings about teams made up of more than one country, but Chara believes fans will enjoy it.

Despite being disappointed that Slovakia will not have a team for the World Cup, native and Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar said he would love to play for Team Euro. He actually has a great idea for the team's anthem.

"We've got to hire a DJ to mix it," Tatar said.