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World Cup Schedule: ESPN is, like, totally back into pro hockey starting in September

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Sure, yeah, okay. Just don't get hurt.
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Oh. Hey. Did you forget the World Cup of Hockey was still going on this year? Did you also forget ESPN is carrying most of the games? Yeah, me, too.

Anyway, here's the schedule straight from the Worldwide Leader itself. Check your remote control for whatever channels are ESPN and ESPN 2 where you live.

Date Time (ET) Telecast Network
Sat, Sep 17 3:30 p.m. Group Play: USA vs. Europe ESPN2
8 p.m. Group Play: Czech Republic vs. Canada ESPNEWS
Sun, Sep 18 3 p.m. Group Play: Sweden vs. Russia ESPN
8 p.m. Group Play: North America vs. Finland ESPN2
Mon, Sep 19 3 p.m. Group Play: Europe vs. Czech Republic ESPN2
8 p.m. Group Play: Russia vs. North America ESPN2
Tue, Sep 20 3 p.m. Group Play: Finland vs. Sweden ESPN
8 p.m. Group Play: Canada vs. USA ESPN
Wed, Sep 21 3 p.m. Group Play: North America vs. Sweden ESPN
8 p.m. Group Play: Europe vs Canada ESPN2
Thu, Sep 22 3 p.m. Group Play: Finland vs. Russia ESPN
8 p.m. Group Play: USA vs. Czech Republic ESPN2
Sat, Sep 24 7 p.m. Semifinal one ESPN2
Sun, Sep 25 1 p.m. Semifinal two ESPN
Tue, Sep 27 8 p.m. Final: Game one ESPN
Thu, Sep 29 8 p.m. Final: Game two ESPN2
Sat, Oct 1 7 p.m. Final: Game three (if necessary) ESPN2

Four Islanders (as of now) are participating in the tournament, including John Tavares (Team Canada) and Nikolay Kulemin (Team Russia). Coach Jack Capuano is on the staff for Team USA, although no players from the Islanders were chosen.

Team Europe is loaded with current and former Islanders like Thomas Griess, Jaroslav Halak, Frans Nielsen, Thomas Vanek and Mark Streit. Miro Satan, of all people, is even the team's GM. Let's hope that rag tag band of deserted loners works out better than this one did.

Other entrants are the usual rogues gallery of international talent such as Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic. And the all-under-24 Team North America features some of the game's best up-and-coming talent.

Broadcasters for the event include ESPN stalwarts Steve Levy, Linda Cohn, John Buccigross and Barry Melrose, as well as NHL legends Chris Chelios and Brett Hull and newcomer Leah Hextall. Basically, NHL means the 1990's to ESPN so expect lots of jokes about  Pogs and Bill Clinton playing the saxophone.