Bettman: NHL To Return To Europe In The Next Two Years

Ruben Hill
November 9, 2019

The Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators are set to open the regular season in Prague at O2 arena to headline the 2020 NHL Global Series. So when John Tortorella laid out his road map for how the Blue Jackets needed to play this season, we identified some key measures that could help us understand how the team was performing in terms of what was expected of it.

Boston and Nashville will wrap up training camps in Europe before facing off to kickstart their 2020-21 National Hockey League regular seasons at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. In addition, the Bruins and Predators will complete their training camps in Germany and Switzerland, respectively, and each will play an exhibition match as part of the 2020 NHL Global Series Challenge.

The Avalanche have been one of those teams that have managed to surprise a lot of people this year with how they have been playing. The Bruins will report to Mannheim, Germany and play an exhibition game against Adler Mannheim at SAP Arena, while the Predators will report to Bern, Switzerland, and play an exhibition game against SC Bern at PostFinance Arena.

The International Olympic Committee refused to cover the cost of travel, insurance and accommodation for NHL players before the 2018 games, a point of conflict in the league's decision not to allow its players to compete. The Bruins also played in Prague back in 2010 against the Arizona Coyotes, and Boston, of course, went on to win the Stanley Cup later that season. The passionate fans and atmosphere were something I'll never forget.

The Predators now have 10 players on their 22-man active roster that hail from Europe, including Josi and Yannick Weber, both of whom grew up in Bern. "We are proud of what our franchise has accomplished over the past couple seasons and now are lucky enough to play in not only the Winter Classic, but in the Global Series too".

On the year the Avalanche have managed to get a total of 3.63 goals a game scored, but their power play has done decent at 18.8%. "I grew up five minutes away from their rink and it's my hometown club - it's going to be so special for me, and I can't wait for the game". "It was the start of a year I'll always remember". Pastrnak was born in Havirov and played junior hockey with AZ Havirov.

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