TORONTO — While Toronto will be the host of the World Cup of Hockey, plenty of other cities will get a chance to be part of the lead-up to the tournament.
Canada will hold its training camp in Ottawa and play exhibition games there, as well as Columbus and Pittsburgh.
Team North America, made up of players age 23-and-under from Canada and the United States, will hold camp in Montreal and Quebec City along with Team Europe.
Quebec City is the only North American city involved in the World Cup that doesn't have an NHL team, though it could get one in the near future as part of the league's expansion process.
Team North America will play Team Europe, made up of all-stars from countries not represented by their own teams, at the brand-new Videotron Centre in Quebec City on Sept. 8.
Canada will open exhibition play against the United States at Nationwide Arena in Columbus on Sept. 9 and face the Americans again at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Sept. 10.
The final exhibition game could feature Sidney Crosby versus Evgeni Malkin when Canada faces Russia at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Sept. 14.
The U.S. will hold its camp in Columbus, home of coach John Tortorella's Blue Jackets, and then spend some time in Washington where it will play Finland in exhibition action at Verizon Center.
Sweden will have camp in Goteborg, Finland in Helsinki and the Czech Republic in Prague.
Russia's location is still to be determined, though it will play its first exhibition game in St. Petersburg.
In total there are 12 exhibition games before the World Cup gets underway at Air Canada Centre on Sept. 17.
The Canadian Press