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Burnside: End of hockey as we know it
This much is certain: The NHL's CBA will expire at midnight Wedneday. The rest? Who knows.
Hradek: Brodeur simply the best

Martin Brodeur's World Cup title butressed his reputation as the game's best goalie.
Burnside: Players face uncertain future

Many Finns are playing in Europe during the lockout, but Canadian players are forced to be more creative.
Burnside: Brodeur, home ice key for Canada

Goaltending and emotional mind-sets will determine the World Cup final between Canada and Finland.
Burnside: A beautiful mind

Once again, Wayne Gretzky has accomplished what no other player before him has.
Burnside: Believe them or not

Instead of dropping off after a stellar season, Miikka Kiprusoff is showing he's the real deal -- and so are the Finns.
Brodeur questionable for World Cup final
Martin Brodeur's wrist is feeling better, but not well enough to join his teammates for practice on Sunday.
Burnside: Worth the wait

With a prolonged lockout dampening the mood, the World Cup of Hockey finally gave fans a reason to get excited.
Hradek: Luongo proves net worth

Roberto Luongo finally got a taste of what it's like playing behind a good team.
Injury sidelines Brodeur for World Cup semis

Martin Brodeur missed Canada's semifinal game in the World Cup of hockey tournament on Saturday night because of a sore wrist.
Myers: U.S. faces new era

Team USA's loss to Finland signaled the end of Chris Chelios's international career -- and possibly the end of NHL hockey in the U.S. for a long time.
Burnside: It's all in Brodeur's wrist

Will an injury prevent Martin Brodeur from leading Canada to an international title that he can call his own? Stay tuned.
Burnside: Czechs seeking balance

After the death of Ivan Hlinka, the Czechs are trying to cope with the loss of their coach while still playing in his honor.
Jagr hopes to play Cup semifinal vs. Canada
Jaromir Jagr sat out practice Thursday but hopes to be ready when the Czech Republic plays Canada in the World Cup of Hockey semifinals.
Burnside: Fight to the Finnish

After years of playing the bridesmaids, the pesky Finns could be the brides of the World Cup of Hockey.
Burnside: Cautious Canada
After watching the Swedes and Russians fall to lower-seeded teams, the Canadians are on full alert against the Slovaks.
Burnside: Gleaming insight

It wasn't so much that Team Canada brushed aside Slovakia with all the disdain of an elephant disposing of a bothersome gnat, but it was the manner in which it was done.
Myers: 'Old guys' find fountain of youth

So much for the notion that a youth movement will save American hockey. The old red, white and blue is headed for the World Cup of Hockey's final four.
Burnside: Hull of a decision

Now is the time for looking into the abyss at the World Cup of Hockey. The most prominant question is do the Americans see Brett Hull in there?
Chemistry upset: Niinimaa walks out on Finns
Islanders defenseman Janne Niinimaa walked out on Finland ahead of its World Cup quarterfinal win over Germany because of a personality clash with coach Raimo Summanen.
Burnside: Russian revolution

Without Khabibulin or Nabokov, Russia is leaning heavily on unknown goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.
Canada's Jovanovski out of World Cup

Canadian defenseman Ed Jovanovski will miss the rest of the World Cup of Hockey with a cracked rib and sprained right knee.
Stevenson: Damage control

Injuries have depleted the Slovakians, but no one is counting them out of the World Cup.
Modano injured in U.S. loss to Canada
Mike Modano went down with a "lower-body injury" Tuesday night during the United States' 2-1 loss to Canada in the opening game of the World Cup of Hockey for both teams.
Frei: A different world

The U.S. hockey team faces far fewer expectations than the U.S. men's basketball team.
Veteran leader: U.S. picks Chelios as captain
Veteran defenseman Chris Chelios was selected as captain of the U.S. team for the World Cup tournament Monday.
Burnside: Buried treasure

For those who are paying attention, the World Cup of Hockey features the game at its finest.
Russia's Nabokov out for World Cup play
Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has withdrawn from Russia's World Cup of Hockey team after knee surgery in July.
Burnside: Swede demons

The Swedish team faces intense pressure to redeem itself for its shocking loss to Belarus in 2002.
Burnside: Meet the underdogs

The German team has nothing to lose, knowing the odds are against them in the World Cup.
Broken foot KOs USA's Gill from World Cup
Hal Gill of the U.S. team will miss the rest of the World Cup of Hockey because of a broken left foot suffered in Monday's exhibition game.
Stevenson: Mario's still the man

Team Canada owns the world's most intimidating hockey presence -- a healthy Mario Lemieux.
Burnside: A new leaf

The future is now for Team Canada, which is relying heavily on its corps of skilled, young talent.
Notes: Martin replaces injured Leopold

Team USA picked Paul Martin to replace Jordan Leopold, who suffered a concussion Monday.
Burnside: Border battle begins

Monday's game was just an exhibition. But as you'll see in the World Cup of Hockey, the U.S.-Canada rivalry is real.
Burnside: The next generation

With Mike Richter gone, three young U.S. goalies are competing to fill a huge void in net.
Burnside: Master motivator

Head coach Ron Wilson will try almost anything to spark Team USA to another World Cup title.
Burnside: USA hockey's history teachers

Twelve members from the 1996 World Cup champs are back to give lessons and defend their title.
Closed hatch: U.S. loses D Hatcher for Cup
Defenseman Derian Hatcher, a member of the Team USA's title-winning team in '96, has withdrawn for personal reasons.

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Cap'n Mario: Team Canada again tabs Lemieux

Team Canada named Mario Lemieux as its captain for the World Cup of Hockey, which begins Aug. 30.
Burnside: Team-by-team World Cup tales

There are plenty of subplots to follow among the eight teams in the World Cup of Hockey.
Burnside: It's Canada's Cup to lose

Nothing hasn't changed since Salt Lake: Canada is still too deep and talented for the world's best.
Brother act: Mikko Koivu joins Saku on Finns
Finland will have a pair of brothers on its 2004 World Cup of Hockey roster as center Mikko Koivu was added to the team Wednesday, replacing Esa Pirnes of the Los Angeles Kings.
Czech coach dies in crash
The Czech Republic moved quickly to replace late hockey coach Ivan Hlinka, turning the national team over to former Olympic captain Vladimir Ruzicka on Tuesday.
Blues' Pronger withdraws from World Cup
Chris Pronger of the St. Louis Blues pulled out of the World Cup of Hockey on Sunday due to an undisclosed injury, and was replaced on the Canadian team by Jay Bouwmeester of the Florida Panthers.
Gill to replace Schneider on U.S. Cup roster
Bruins defenseman Hal Gill will take the spot of Mathieu Schneider on Team USA's roster.
Eagle on his back: Belfour out of World Cup
Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Ed Belfour on Monday withdrew from the World Cup of Hockey, which is slated to start later this month.
Forsberg ready to go '100 percent' in World Cup
Peter Forsberg has been cleared by doctors to play for Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey beginning late next month in Europe and North America.
Sharks' Hannan replaces Blake on Team Canada
Sharks defenseman Scott Hannan's strong performance during the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs paid off with a spot on Team Canada's World Cup roster.
Canadian miss: Avs D Blake out for World Cup
Team Canada lost another veteran from its World Cup of Hockey roster Tuesday when it was announced Colorado Avalanche defenseman Rob Blake would not participate in the tournament because of a shoulder injury.
Roenick off U.S. team due to health reasons
Jeremy Roenick of the Philadelphia Flyers withdrew from the U.S. World Cup team because of unspecified health reasons and was replaced by Scott Gomez of the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.
Canada subs in Lecavalier for injured Yzerman
Vincent Lecavalier will replace injured Steve Yzerman on Canada's team for the World Cup of Hockey, joining Tampa Bay teammates Brad Richards and Martin St. Louis.
Big hole in goal: Khabibulin to skip World Cup

Russia has suffered a major blow to its buildup for the hockey World Cup: No. 1 goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin said he would miss the event later this year.
Jagr, Lang on Czech World Cup team
Jaromir Jagr of the New York Rangers and Robert Lang of the Detroit Red Wings will lead the Czech Republic at this year's World Cup of Hockey.
SportsNation: Team USA
SportsNation submits Team USA's roster for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
Analysts: Team USA picks
ESPN's hockey experts pick their rosters for Team USA's entry in the World Cup of Hockey.
Kelley: U.S. ready for here and now

Forget the brand-name recognition. The U.S. players on the World Cup of Hockey roster were chosen for one specific reason -- to win.
Kelley: Picking the perfect team
With every U.S.-born NHL players at its disposal, who will Team USA pick for the World Cup roster?
Kelley: Canada favors experience

When Wayne Gretzky was looking for a Canadian team good enough to win the World Cup of Hockey, he gave the edge to the proven winners.
Burnside: A return to glory

As he revives the Sharks, Ron Wilson is likely to get another shot at doing the same for Team USA.
Kelley: U.S. options limited
Not only is Ron Wilson the right man to coach Team USA in the World Cup, he's the only man.