When the NHL began its 2007-2008 campaign in London with the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings playing back-to-back matches, it created a new opportunity for the league to market itself to European fans. From there, they would take the following season into Stockholm, Sweden for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators to face each other, and Prague of the Czech Republic where the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning played in what has become the Compuware NHL Premiere Games.â†µ
This year, the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues opened in Stockholm while the Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers met in Helsinki, Finland. Today, it was announced which cities will play host in 2010 to kick off the season and what clubs will partake in the action. From the NHL's official website:
For the first time, six different teams will begin the year competing in Europe throughout three countries. Nearly half of the league's squads will have now taken part in the Premiere Games and that number should continue to grow steadily with how much the viewers and players have cherished the event.