The National Hockey League (NHL) has released the details of its 2018 Global Series, which will mark the second year North America’s preeminent ice hockey league has staged a set of regular season games in Europe.
The Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils will face off in their 2018/19 season-opener at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden on 6th October.
Less than a month later, the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets will meet for two regular season games at the Hartwall Arena in the Finnish capital of Helsinki on 1st and 2nd November.
On top of that, the Devils and the Oilers will complete their training camps in Europe – the Devils in Switzerland and the Oilers in Germany – where they will each play an exhibition game as part of the 2018 NHL Global Series Challenge. The Devils will face the National League’s SC Bern at the PostFinance Arena in Bern on 1st October, while the Oilers will take on Deutsche Eishockey Liga team Kölner Haie at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne two days later.
The NHL, which has staged a total of 22 regular season games in Europe since 2007, confirmed in January that the Oilers, Panthers, Devils and Jets would all star in matches as part of the Global Series. At the time, full details had not been confirmed, but NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said: “We are extremely pleased with the continuity of our international visits. You cannot develop an international strategy or establish a presence without these events.”
This season’s Global Series saw the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche play two games in Stockholm, Sweden back in November, when the Senators ran out 4-3 winners on both occasions.