2014 Winter Olympics

They're getting in NHL shape while playing for trophies at World Cup of Hockey

They're getting in NHL shape while playing for trophies at World Cup of Hockey

Reaching the semifinals of the World Cup of Hockey has many benefits for the NHL players who are representing their homelands (or the collective Team Europe) in the tournament’s final stages.

They’re testing themselves daily, vying for a major championship in a hockey-mad city, and — perhaps best of all — they’re excused from participating in the tedious first few days of NHL training camps.

While their NHL teammates were doing sprints and other conditioning drills in rinks around North America on Friday, players for Canada, Russia, Sweden and Team Europe enjoyed their surroundings at the Air Canada Centre as they prepared for...

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