As one of the fastest growing sports leagues in the world, the National Hockey League shows no signs of slowing down. The hugely impressive nature of its growth across North America is one thing, but it’s in Europe where they are making real waves. With a nice collection of top European players now in the NHL, too, it’s a growing audience for a sport looking to go global. Those intentions have been made clearer, now, with the NHL announced three games to be played in Europe in the 2019-20 season.
Jakub Voracek is one of those European players making a splash in the NHL, playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. The sport is massive in the Czech Republic, with talk that games could be played there in the future. The Flyers man, then, will be happy to pencil in the 4th October 2019 into his diary. His team will open up their season against the Chicago Blackhawks with a game in Prague that night.
The other two games will see the Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres clash in Stockholm. This is part of the Global Series, which is a growing idea and shows no signs of slowing down. The game between the Lightning and the Sabres will be played twice, here, thanks to the collection of Swedes playing on both sides. One of the players, Rasmus Dahlin, simply was noted as saying “Yes!” when he was asked for comment about this impressive new announcement.
With so many Europeans making it big in the NHL, this combination just feels like a natural progression. For many of the players, though, the chance to show off their qualities in the flesh instead of on TV will be a pulsating opportunity. Expect even more games to be announced in the seasons to come, too: this looks like becoming a major part of the NHL.