By Paul D. Bowker | May 04, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Patrick Kane takes a penalty shot against Tuukka Rask of Finland in the bronze-medal game at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 at Bolshoy Ice Dome on Feb. 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

 

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The U.S. Men’s National Ice Hockey Team begins play in the IIHF Men’s World Championship against its rivals from the north.

Team USA faces Canada in the opening round of the tournament on Friday (10:15 a.m. ET) at Jyske Bank Boxen in Herning, Denmark. The U.S. will then face host Denmark on Saturday (2:15 p.m. ET).

The preliminary round of the world championships goes through May 15. The quarterfinals are set for May 17, followed by the semifinals on May 19 and the medal round on May 20.

Patrick Kane, a two-time Olympian and three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, is captain of the U.S. squad. Kane had an assist on the winning goal in Tuesday’s 3-2 exhibition win over Denmark.

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Will Butcher of the New Jersey Devils had a goal and two assists in the game against Denmark.

Others on the team include alternate captains Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings and Connor Murphy of the Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils forward Blake Coleman and Chicago Blackhawks forward Alex DeBrincat.

Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill is head coach.

The U.S. has finished among the top four teams in three of the last five world championships.

TV: 10 a.m. ET Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, NHL Network 

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.