NHL Expanding Global Series to Include New Countries This Year

Published February 16, 2024 at 9:51 PM

The NHL is keeping pace with other major leagues by expanding its international presence. Commissioner Gary Bettman's push for global games is gaining momentum, building on the success of recent matchups played abroad.

Following last November's successful games in Sweden, the NHL has announced its next lineup of global series, featuring three familiar international hockey hubs.

First, the Buffalo Sabres will travel to Munich, Germany for an exhibition game, tapping into the growing hockey interest in the country driven by stars like Draisaitl and Stutzle.

Then, the NHL will kick off its season with a bang by hosting two games in Prague, Czech Republic, featuring the Buffalo Sabres against the New Jersey Devils.

In November, the action continues with two games in Tampere, Finland, showcasing the Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars. Both Finland and the Czech Republic boast passionate hockey fan bases, making these matchups highly anticipated events.

These global games serve as excellent promotional opportunities for the NHL, helping to grow the sport in countries without NHL teams. It's a clear sign of the league's commitment to expanding its reach and could potentially pave the way for future team placements in other countries.

Source: Oilersdaily
February 16   |   98 answers
NHL Expanding Global Series to Include New Countries This Year

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