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Team Canada out to continue dominance on world stage

Won World Cup in 2004, Olympic gold in 2010, 2014 and World Championship in 2015, 2016

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World Cup history (1996-present): Runner-up in 1996, first in 2004

Canada Cup history (1976-91): Finished first in 1976, second in 1981, first in 1984, first in 1987, first in 1991

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Team Finland has history of strong finishes

Won bronze at 2014 Olympics, finished second in 2016 World Championship

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World Cup history (1996-present): Lost in quarterfinals in 1996, runner-up in 2004.

Canada Cup history (1976-91): Finished sixth in 1976, sixth in 1981, did not participate in 1984, sixth in 1987, third in 1991.

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Team Russia hopes to keep climbing

Won gold at 2014 World Championship; began international play in 1954

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World Cup history: Finished fourth in 1996, fifth in 2004.

Canada Cup history (1976-91): Finished third in 1976, first in 1981, lost semifinal in 1984, second in 1987, fifth in 1991.

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Team Europe hoping to mesh quickly

Marian Hossa, Anze Kopitar lead new entry with players from eight different countries

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Players from eight countries will come together to form Team Europe, one of two new entries at the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

The 23-man roster includes six players from Slovakia, five from Germany, four from Denmark, four from Switzerland and one each from Slovenia, Austria, Norway and France.

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Team North America young, but talented

Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Auston Matthews highlight inaugural roster

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Team North America, one of two new entries at the World Cup of Hockey 2016, is a collection of the best players from Canada and the United States who will be 23 years old and under as of Oct. 1. 

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Czech Republic hoping to build on strong history

Won Olympic gold medal in 1998, finished third in 2004 World Cup

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World Cup history (1996-present): Finished eighth in 1996, third in 2004

Canada Cup history (1976-91, as Czechoslovakia): Finished second in 1976, third in 1981, fifth in 1984, fourth in 1987, sixth in 1991

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Sweden looking to get back on top

Won Olympic gold medal in 2006; began international play in 1920

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World Cup history (1996-present): Lost in semifinal in 1996, lost in quarterfinal in 2004

Canada Cup history (1976-91): Finished fourth in 1976, fifth in 1981, second in 1984, third in 1987, fourth in 1991

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Team USA looking for repeat of 1996 championship

Americans' international competition history dates back to 1920

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World Cup history (1996-present): Finished first place in 1996, fourth in 2004

Canada Cup history (1976-91): Finished fifth in 1976, fourth in 1981, fourth in 1984, fifth in 1987, second in 1991

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