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NHL finalizes 10-city fan tour in Europe

The National Hockey League has finalized a 10-city Global Fan Tour between late August and early October that will serve as a complement to league’s Global Series in Europe this fall.

The league will revive the free fan tour, first started in 2016 in North America and expanded to Europe last year, that will feature a variety of interactive hockey-themed attractions including a mobile museum with artifacts from the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Other elements include replica NHL locker room stalls, a custom hockey card creation booth, and stations where fans can test their hockey and stickhandling skills.

Stops on the 2019 NHL Global Fan Tour include Dresden, Germany (Aug. 25); Lausanne, Switzerland (Sept. 4), Nuremberg, Germany (Sept. 7); Mannheim, Germany (Sept. 11); České Budějovice (Sept. 16), Brno (Sept. 18), Ostrava (Sept. 20), and Pizen (Sept. 23) in the Czech Republic; Berlin, Germany (Sept. 28-29); and Prague, Czech Republic (Oct. 3). Specific sites for the tour stops will a mix of arenas, public squares, and shopping malls.

The tour stands along side the season-opening regular season game the Chicago Blackhawks will play Oct. 4 in Prague, preceded by two exhibition games involving European pro teams, and a two-game set between the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning scheduled for Nov. 8-9 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The goal for the tour is to allow the league to engage with European fans at a different level than merely consuming games on television or more rare in-person games such as the Prague and Stockholm events.