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2018 MWC Gameday: U.S. Opens Tournament Play Against Canada

By USAHockey.com, 05/04/18, 4:15AM EDT

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Game Set for 10:15 a.m. ET live exclusively on NHL Network

The U.S. Men's National Team faces Canada this afternoon to open tournament play at the 2018 IIHF Men's World Championship here in Herning, Denmark. Puck drop is set for 4:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) at the Jyske Bank Boxen and will be televised live in the U.S. exclusively on NHL Network.
    The U.S. and Canada have met 44 times previously in a Men's World Championship, including twice at the 2016 event in St. Petersburgh, Russia. Canada leads the series by a 39-1-3-1-0  (W-OTW-OTL-L-T) margin in the event. 
    The United States enters the 2018 IIHF Men's World Championship seeking its 12th tournament medal and first since 2016, when it claimed a bronze medal. All-time, the U.S. has won gold once (1933), silver four times (1950, 1939, 1934, 1931) and bronze six times (2015, 2013, 2004, 1996, 1952, 1949).    

THINGS WORTH MENTIONING
Team USA has finished in the top five of an IIHF Men's World Championship four of the last five years ... The U.S. roster currently sits at 23 ... Team USA arrived April 29 ... Alex DeBrincat joined Team USA on May 1 and Blake Coleman arrived on May 2 ... Patrick Kane is captain while Connor Murphy and Dylan Larkin are alternate captains ... Five U.S. players are making their international debuts ... Jeff Blashill is head coach for the second straight year ... Last year, Team USA skated to a fifth place finish with a 6-0-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) mark after tying a U.S. record with six consecutive wins in the preliminary round en route to finishing atop Group A ... Last night, the U.S. National Under-17 Team edged the Youngstown Phantoms, 10-6, to even its USHL Eastern Conference Final series, 1-1. Game three is tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET and can be seen on HockeyTV.com. 

THE SERIES VS. CANADA
The two teams last met in 2016, where the U.S. fell to Canada, 4-3, in the semifinal round. After falling, 2-0, the U.S. received goals from Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.), David Warsofsky (Marshfield, Mass.) and Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) to take a 3-2 lead before Canada scored twice to claim the 4-3 win. Current U.S. netminder Keith Kinkaid (Farmingville, N.Y.) made 26 saves in the game

KANE, MURPHY & LARKIN LEADING TEAM USA
On April 9, USA Hockey announced that Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.) will serve as captain for the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team. A three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks who has twice represented the U.S. in the Olympic Winter Games (2010, 2014), including helping Team USA to a silver medal in 2010, Kane is skating in his second IIHF Men's World Championship (2008) and seventh international event.
    Ahead of its exhibition game on Tuesday, May 1, it was also announced that defenseman Connor Murphy (Dublin, Ohio) and forward Dylan Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) will serve as alternate captains. A year ago, Murphy was captain of Team USA while Larkin served as an alternate captain. The duo were part of the 2015 U.S. Men's National Team that earned a bronze medal at the 2015 IIHF Men's World Championship in Ostrava and Prague, Czech Republic.

JEFF BLASHILL RETURNS AS U.S. HEAD COACH
Jeff Blashill (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), who recently completed his third season as head coach of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, is serving as head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team for the second consecutive year. A year ago, Blashill guided the U.S. Men's National Team to a fifth-place finish in his international head coaching debut at the 2017 IIHF Men's World Championship in Cologne, Germany, and Paris, France.

REMEMBERING JIM JOHANNSON
Prior to today's game, the IIHF will recognize Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of USA Hockey and general manager of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, who passed away in his sleep at his home in Colorado Springs on Jan. 21. Johannson, born March 10, 1964, in Rochester, Minn., had a life-long career in hockey and was one of the most accomplished and respected people in the sport. Johannson's time with USA Hockey included 34 gold, 19 silver and 11 bronze medals; the launching and implementation of the highly acclaimed American Development Model; and securing USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich. as a home for all U.S. teams to utilize. He had served on 18 consecutive U.S. Men’s National Teams (1999-2017).

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U.S. Schedule

Date Opponent Round Time (Local/ET)/Result Location
Tues., May 1 Denmark Exhibition W, 3-2 KVIK Hockey Arena
Herning, Denmark
Fri., May 4 Canada Preliminary W, 5-4 (SO) Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Sat., May 5 Denmark Preliminary W, 4-0 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Mon., May 7 Germany Preliminary W, 3-0 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Thurs., May 10 Latvia Preliminary W, 3-2 (OT) Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Fri., May 11 Korea Preliminary W, 13-1 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Sun., May 13 Norway Preliminary W, 9-3 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Tues., May 15 Finland Preliminary L, 2-6 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Thurs., May 17 Czech Republic Quarterfinals W, 3-2 Jyske Bank Boxen
Herning, Denmark
Sat., May 19 Sweden Semifinals L, 0-6 Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark
Sun., May 20 Canada Bronze-Medal Game W, 4-1 Royal Arena
Copenhagen, Denmark

2018 Men's Worlds News