The National Hockey League will continue its European push by making plans to stage a season-opening game in Prague and another two matches in Stockholm next season.
The Florida Panthers and the Winnipeg Jets play two regular-season games in Helsinki, Finland, this week as part of the 2018 NHL Global Series. Tickets for the two games at the 13,500-seat Hartwall Arena sold out in less than five minutes.
Pre-season games in Germany and Switzerland are also planned for next year. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in Helsinki: “It’s all in the planning board. They’re not official. I don’t have dates, I don’t have teams, but that’s what’s on the drawing board as we speak.”
The NHL is also scheduling more regular-season games on weekend afternoons in order to cater to a European audience.