World Cup of Hockey, Group B: Russia, Sweden, Finland, NA 23U

World Cup of Hockey, Group A: Canada, USA, Czech Republic, Europe

huh, would you look at that? Canada and the U.S. are in a group with the two worst teams in the tournament, giving them the easiest possible route to the semifinals, which would give American and Canadian TV audiences (who will presumably comprise >90% of the viewership of the tournament) more of a reason to continue watching beyond the group stage. a coincidence, I’m sure.