Burnside, Custance, LeBrun, McDonald Lead ESPN.com’s Extensive World Cup of Hockey 2016 Coverage


Burnside, Custance, LeBrun, McDonald Lead ESPN.com’s Extensive World Cup of Hockey 2016 Coverage

  • Dedicated News, Feature Coverage and On-site Reporters for Team USA, Team Canada, Team North America & European Favorites
  • In-Depth Analysis of Every Tournament Game, Sept. 17 to the Best-of-Three Final

ESPN.com’s World Cup of Hockey 2016 coverage will be led by four veteran and well-respected NHL journalists – Scott Burnside, Craig Custance, Pierre LeBrun and Joe McDonald. Each will focus on a team or teams and provide daily updates across ESPN digital and social media platforms.

Beginning in training camp, #LevyAndMelrose (Steve Levy, Barry Melrose) video segments highlighting workouts, pre-tournament games and the tournament will be featured regularly.

ESPN.com will provide extensive and in-depth coverage throughout the entire World Cup of Hockey 2016, beginning with team training camps on Sunday, Sept. 4, including in-depth coverage of every tournament game beginning Sept. 17, through the best-of-three Final beginning Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Reporters by Team

Team USA –Burnside

Team North America –Custance

Team Canada –LeBrun

Team Sweden –McDonald

Team Finland –McDonald

Paul Grant, ESPN.com deputy editor, said, “ESPN.com’s team of veteran NHL reporters will be the anchor of our coverage on both digital and social media. They have more 90 years of experience and will be integrated with their assigned teams, enabling them to provide a unique perspective of stories as they are unfolding. ESPN.com’s coverage will provide live updates and behind-the-scenes access, in addition to detailed analysis of every game.”

Many voices will contribute to ESPN’s World Cup of Hockey 2016 coverage on ESPN.com and social media, including Twitter takeovers by current and former NHL players.

In addition to training camp highlights and social media reports, advance tournament coverage on ESPN.com will feature in-depth reports from workouts and pre-tournament games. All content will be available on ESPN.com’s World Cup of Hockey 2016 page, launching in early September.

Some ESPN.com articles to look for include:

Oral history of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey

The United States’ victory in the inaugural WCOH and its place in history is detailed.

Under pressure: Team USA

Why does Team USA feel more pressure than any other team to perform well at the World Cup? Key players on the team talk about their expectations and outside voices let us know if the team has a realistic shot of winning it all.


Profiles of all eight captains

Hanging out with Team North America

Who are the members of the team made up of players 23 or under?

Follow @ESPN_NHL, @ESPN and @SportsCenter for continuing coverage through the tournament.

Visit ESPN MediaZone for more on World Cup of Hockey 2016.

About the World Cup of Hockey

The World Cup of Hockey is a joint effort of the NHLPA and the NHL, in cooperation with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). Eight teams — Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Europe, Team Finland, Team North America, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team USA — will compete in the two-week tournament, featuring more than 170 of the best players in the NHL. All tournament games will be played at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home of the NHL Toronto Maple Leafs.

The eight teams are split into two Groups, Group A and Group B, for the Preliminary Round (Sept. 17-22), when each team will play its three Group opponents in a round-robin format. Placed in Group A are Team Canada, Team Czech Republic and Team USA, plus Team Europe, a pan-European roster of players from birth countries outside of the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden. The four teams in Group B are Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden and Team North America, a selection of the top players from Canada and the United States who are 23 or under as of Oct. 1, 2016.

The top two finishers in each of Group A and Group B will advance to the Semifinals (Sept. 24-25), where each qualifier will face an elimination game against a team from the other Group. The two Semifinal winners will meet in the Final, a best-of-three series on Sept. 27, Sept. 29 and, if necessary, Oct. 1.


Media Contacts: Diane Lamb at [email protected] or (860)-766-2245 (@Diane_ESPN);

Michael Skarka at [email protected] or (860)-766-1342 (@Michael_ESPN)

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