GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Men's Hockey Championship gets underway today in France and Germany, with three products of the University of North Dakota taking part.
Former North Dakota forwards Brock Nelson (2010-12) and Nick Schmaltz (2014-16) are both representing the United States, which opens the tournament against Germany today at 1:15 pm Central on the NHL Network.
The U.S.-Germany game will also be streamed live on the NBC Sports app and on NBCSports.com.
Additionally, former UND head coach (2004-15) and defenseman (1989-92) Dave Hakstol, now head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, is serving as an assistant coach with Team Canada. The Canadians face the Czech Republic in their tournament opener this afternoon, which can be seen at 1 p.m. Central on TSN in Canada.
Nelson, who will serve as an assistant captain for the U.S., is coming off of his third straight 20-goal season for the New York Islanders, scoring 20 goals among his career-high 45 points.
Schmaltz recently completed his rookie campaign with the Chicago Blackhawks, recording six goals and 22 assists in 61 games.
Hakstol led the Flyers to a 39-33-10 record in 2016-17, his second season behind the Philadelphia bench.