The National Hockey League announced it will stage regular-season games in the Czech Republic and Finland as part of the 2020 Global Series.
The Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators will open the 2020-21 season in Prague, while the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets will play later in the year in Helsinki. The Bruins and Predators also will hold part of their training camps in Germany and Switzerland, respectively, and play in exhibition games against local teams.
The 2020 NHL Global Series will mark the fourth straight year and ninth season overall that the NHL has traveled to Europe to play regular-season games. The Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning faced each other in Stockholm on November 8-9 as part of the 2019 Global Series.
The NHL is also continuing its strategy to increase its European fanbase and revenue streams by scheduling more than 50 games in primetime for the continent for the second straight season. Approximately 30 per cent of NHL players come from Europe, with the majority of that group coming from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, and Sweden.