Morning Free Association: Getting Ready for the WCH

On Thursday night, the preliminary play of the World Cup of Hockey will begin in many cities that are not Toronto. Below is a listing of the teams, cities, and how to watch courtesy of the NHL.

Thursday, September 8
Team Czech Republic vs. Team Russia – Yubileyny Sports Palace, St. Petersburg
12:30pm – ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team Sweden vs. Team Finland – Hartwall Arena; Helsinki
Noon ET/7 p.m. local – ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team Europe vs. Team North America – Videotron Centre; Quebec City
8 p.m. ET – ESPN2, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Friday, September 9
Team Canada vs. Team USA – Nationwide Arena; Columbus
7 p.m. ET – ESPNU, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Saturday, September 10
Team Finland vs. Team Sweden – Scandinavium; Gothenburg
Noon ET/6 p.m. local – ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team Russia vs. Team Czech Republic – O2 Arena; Prague
10:30 a.m. ET/4:30 p.m. local – ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team USA vs. Team Canada – Canadian Tire Centre; Ottawa
7 p.m. ET – ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Sunday, September 11
Team Europe vs. Team North America – Bell Centre; Montreal
6 p.m. ET – ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Tuesday, September 13
Team Finland vs. Team USA – Verizon Center; Washington, DC
7 p.m. ET – ESPN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Wednesday, September 14
Team Czech Republic vs. Team North America – CONSOL Energy Center; Pittsburgh
3:30 p.m. ET – ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team Canada vs. Team Russia – CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh
7:30 p.m. ET – ESPN2, Sportsnet, TVA Sports

Team Sweden vs. Team Europe – Verizon Center; Washington, DC
7 p.m. ET – ESPN3, Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2

There’s an ESPN3? I don’t even know what that means.

Now you have the preliminary schedule and can prepare for when and how to watch. You’re welcome.

Just because timelines are fun to have (not really):

The WCH officially begins on September 17th, potentially ending on either September 29th or Oct 1st.

Bruins training camp begins on September 15th for the rookies and on September 22nd for other players. The first Preseason game is Monday, September 26th against the Blue Jackets. We’ll let you know if there will be a game day thread based upon viewing options available. Stay tuned for more info.

Hockey is on the horizon, kids. Are you ready?

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The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Winston-Salem, NC, will be getting a FHL hockey team in October 2017. The colors are not set, but we have a logo and name: the Thunderbirds. I watched a FB video, but I can’t find any static images.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Long-Winded Striped Mofo

Federal League? We have a team in Danbury, CT. The Whalers. Also one in Brewster, NY (right across the border), the Brewster Bulldogs.

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Cool!

carvinbass18
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Holy shit could this day drag on any slower?

The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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Yes, this day could drag on slower but it chose not to do so.

carvinbass18
Editor

Based on the progression of this day. I reject your reasoning lol.

phonymahoney
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Morning, peeps!

  • It’s almost hockey time.
  • Bummed about Senyshyn’s shitty offseason. Mono AND appendicitis? Jeez.
  • Peter Mueller. Not a bad PTO. Odd how we’re (potentially) stacking up the forwards… not that there’s a worthwhile defenseman out there to grab, really.
  • Speaking of, he may be scary, but Matt Bartkowski could be an upgrade at this point.
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  • Work cruise tomorrow. Hopefully the opportunity to advance Operation Gold Rush presents itself.
  • I was supposed to clean last night. Do you think I cleaned last night? What do you think I did? If your answer was “nothing!”, you might be on to something.
  • Reading The Power of One. Excellent. NOT a self-help book, as much as I might need one.
  • Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Bart is okay with me.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81
    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    he may be scary, but Matt Bartkowski could be an upgrade at this point.

    I see…
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    Satan81
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    Y’know what? If it’s for ONE season, sign Kris Russell.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    thing is… We have 7 defencemen under contract…. I would love to see upgrades to limit chara min and see less of K. Miller and Quaid on the ice… but i would hope the kids can improve on last year since being signed on one way contracts. I fear that signing a one year would do nothing but sit C. Miller or someone when they should be seeing consistent ice time to get comfortable.

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Yeah, we’re kinda screwed this year. The only way to get Killer & Chara fewer minutes but still develop Chiller would be to pull in a top-2 (or 3) guy, and bury Morrow in the AHL. If we were to grab a Bartkowski, he’d be no improvement over Killer or McQuaid so he would serve no purpose in improving the defense in the short term, and would hinder developing the young talent for the long term.

    carvinbass18
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    Exactly, the only way to improve this defense is via trade. Do that or rush the youth, which is difficult given the already 7 d.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    I started the deep cleaning project last night and plan to finish over the weekend. Also ordered a new shower curtain and bathmat. I feel so adult. Another also, there are $80 shower curtains. Who the hell spends $80 on a shower curtain?

    phonymahoney
    Editor

    Oh my god, you’re a big girl!

    It’s ridiculous, no? I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I need curtains for my kitchen, and the cost is somewhat prohibitive, so I’m dragging my feet.

    Satan 81's Sister
    Editor

    They’re pieces of fabric! Why so much money!

    IntentionallyWidenberg
    Admin

    Evander Kane money shot

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    Ciao!

  • Haven’t done bullet points in a while, so why not
  • I’m figging tired of doing customer returned printers. I’ve done 4 in a row and scraping off 6 year old stickers is just asinine
  • Hockey?
  • I’m thinking about picking up a bottle of wine for tonight and just reading the Bobby Orr biography my father-in-law let me borrow.
  • Had a good night last night, did some walking with the dog to try to hatch a couple of eggs. There is just jack squat in Holderness. Only found 1 pokestop on the walk and 5 catches, nothing fancy.
  • Water and overtime on tap today. Can it be 5 o’clock soon?
  • Muffinman3
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    Muffinman3

    How do you do bullet points

    carvinbass18
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    it’s the “li” function in the header above the comment box. Just wrap each line you want to be a bullet point in it

    Muffinman3
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    Muffinman3

    Ciao, loving the Italian
    sure why not
    nope
    needs to be red
    I dont know what that means but I am the poke generation. Squirtle Squad for life
    Im drinking already. Already off work baby

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Are you supposed to get off work before drinking? I’ll pretend I didn’t read that.

    carvinbass18
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    I could go for a good red. Honestly though I was thinking about a bottle of moscato to share w/ the wifey. It’s her favorite.

    I was a huge fan of the red/blue/yellow games + the actual trading card game as a kid, so I’m surprised in myself that it took me so long to start playing Pokemon Go.

    Muffinman3
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    Muffinman3

    I cant do it with an American number in Italy. It has lots of error codes pop up. Too bad because I already walk a lot

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    aw that stinks!

    Muffinman3
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    Muffinman3

    meh didnt work for me

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    Morning!

    I was running real late this morning, rushed in, and found out my morning meeting was cancelled anyways. Whoops.

    ESPN 3 is their online only streaming system. Used to be called ESPN360.

    Might to try to catch that Team Euro v NA tomorrow. Get some sort of hockey.

    Satan 81's Sister
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    Ah, thanks for the heads up on ESPN893002579202. I looked and I have five ESPN channels and none of them are 3. Makes sense now.

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    Good Morning All!
    USA, USA! I’ll root for them.
    Does that roster prove that Americans ARE assholes?
    Mo hockey tonight!
    Mo coffee right now!
    LWSMF being brief!

    Muffinman3
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    Muffinman3

    Im only rooting for Finland if Rask is in net, otherwise its team North America all the way

    Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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    Long-Winded Striped Mofo

    There’s an ESPN3? I don’t even know what that means.

    Oh, it goes way deeper than that!

    carvinbass18
    Editor

    I knew that was going to be the Ocho, but still I clicked

    IntentionallyWidenberg
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    Ahhh, the Ocho. Home of Kickball, Dodgeball and celebrity beer pong.

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    Oh, c’mon… I once saw Championship Scrabble on ESPN2.

    UnstableElement
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    UnstableElement

    That’s a bold strategy, cotton.

    Thetallest81
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    Thetallest81

    lets see if it pays off

    Muffinman3
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    Muffinman3

    I want that young team North America to win

    Satan81
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    It’s a scary roster.

    Muffinman3
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    Muffinman3

    Right? If you’re talking underdogs, forget USA and Sweden, that team is primed to disappoint some countries

    carvinbass18
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    Ugh don’t get me started on that USA roster. My god it’s primed for a 5th place finish

    Muffinman3
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    Muffinman3

    lol Why? You hate it?

    carvinbass18
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    It’s an easy roster to hate with Kane, Patches-o-dickbag & Kesler. Add in that they left off Kessel, Tyler Johnson, Justin Faulk and Kevin Shattenkirk for guys like Jack Johnson, Derek Stepan and Justin Abdelkader. gives the feeling of being able to win a few games, then flame out quickly out of the group. Team North America or Sweden all the way for this guy.

    phonymahoney
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    I repeatedly forget that Kesler is American.
    He doesn’t bother me. He was overrated, buuuut we beat him.

    The London Bear
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    The bookies are offering a hefty 20-1 about Team North America. I might have to invest a pound…

    Muffinman3
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    Muffinman3

    speaking of which I took the Stars (30 euros) to win this year at 14-1. Stop giving up so many goals!

    The London Bear
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    I quite like the Panthers at 22-1 but there’s so many roster changes this year anything could happen! Not long now! IsitOctoberyet? Nearly!!

    The London Bear
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    ^^Oops, that was me btw. I got logged out!^^

    Satan81
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    Heya!

    Those are some favorable odds. I’m kinda thinking that the Young Guns have the second-best roster in the tournament.

    carvinbass18
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    Jeez, maybe I’ll throw a fiver down on that action

    Muffinman3
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    Muffinman3

    I dont hate Kesler, but I hate those other two. Also pissed that Kessel and Faulk are off the roster especially. as well as the other guys. What really miffs me? Torts is the coach over Peter Laviolette

    Satan81
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    Kessel had surgery on his hand in July and isn’t expected to be ready for action until training camp. His initial roster snub is still baffling.

    Muffinman3
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    Muffinman3

    Maybe they talked to him before the roster was announced and knew he wouldnt make it. As a causal fan of the Hurricanes, I think Faulk should be on the roster but Im glad he’s not on it also.

    The Once and Future Bagel Bruin
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    Faulk is really good.

    Muffinman3
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    Muffinman3

    He’s fucking awesome

    MadScientist72
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    MadScientist72

    He’s fuckFAULKing awesome

    FTFY

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