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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

World Class Takes to Moscow Ice

On Tuesday five of the world's top hockey nations are due to begin competing in Moscow in the annual $125,000 Baltika Cup, formally the Izvestia Cup.

The teams - Sweden, Finland, Canada, last year's winner the Czech Republic and host Russia - will play in a round robin format with Sunday's table-topper picking up the tournament's Snowman trophy.

The tournament is the third of four legs of the Euro Hockey Tour.

The 31st edition of the pre-Christmas event features each country's best players outside the National Hockey League.

Russia, playing on home ice with a vocal partisan crowd behind it, is the strong favorite. History is also on its side: Russia has won 23 of the 30 tournaments.

The opening day's schedule has Sweden facing Finland at 3 p.m. while Russia takes on Canada at 6:30 p.m. All the games will be played at the Luzhniki Sports Palace. Tickets are available from the ticket office at Luzhniki and range in price from 50 to 100 rubles.