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The organizers say ticket sales have reached their planned target of 300,000 even before the tournament opens in Copenhagen and Herning on Friday. And there’s no need to worry about a lack of stars. Although Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are busy with their bid for a Stanley Cup three-peat, some of the sport’s biggest names will be on the ice in Denmark.
Canada will be led by NHL leading scorer Connor McDavid after his Edmonton Oilers didn’t make the playoffs, teammate Leon Draisaitl has joined Germany, and the United States will be captained by Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane.
Here’s a look at the annual tournament that will be played in Denmark for the first time:
The event has 16 nations playing in two groups of eight, with the top four in each group advancing to the playoffs.
Olympic champion Austria, defending champion Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belarus, Austria, France and Sweden are in Group A. Matches will be played at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen.
Canada, Finland, the United States, Germany, Norway, Latvia, Denmark and South Korea are in Group B. They will play at the Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning.
Captained by McDavid, who just clinched his second consecutive Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer with 108 points, Canada is the team to beat at the worlds.
McDavid and Wayne Gretzky are the only two players in NHL history to win the scoring race more than once at 22 years of age or younger.
McDavid will be joined by veteran Buffalo forward Ryan O’Reilly. Both were on the team that won the world title in Austria two years ago.
New York Islanders centre Mathew Barzal, who is among the finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy for the NHL’s rookie of the year, was also named in the squad.