NHL GLOBAL SERIES 2019: NHL is back in O2 arena
The National Hockey League (NHL®) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), in conjunction with Live Nation Sweden, today announced that the Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning will participate in the 2019 NHL Global Series™.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers will play their 2019-20 season-opening game against each other in Prague, Czech Republic on Friday, Oct. 4 at O2 arena.
Tickets to the 2019 NHL Global Series™ and 2019 NHL Global Series Challenge™ will go on sale to the public beginning on Wednesday, March 27. Fans can register their interest in tickets and gain access to presale information and more by signing up for NHL Inside the Crease.
The 2019 NHL Global Series™ will mark the third straight year and eighth season overall that the NHL has traveled to Europe to play regular-season games. These games reward the legions of loyal and passionate fans in Europe that enjoy live NHL games available via international broadcast partners and the NHL’s streaming service, NHL.TV™. International hockey fans also engage with the NHL across numerous social media platforms and on NHL.com in eight languages with an exciting and memorable atmosphere and experience featuring some of the NHL’s biggest stars. The Oct. 4 game between Chicago and Philadelphia will mark the fifth NHL regular-season game played in the Czech Republic, all of which have been played at O2 arena in Prague.
Prior to the Chicago-Philadelphia season-opening matchup, the Blackhawks and Flyers will complete their training camps in Europe and will each play in an exhibition match as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series Challenge™.
The 2019 NHL Global Series and 2019 NHL Global Series Challenge are promoted by Live Nation with official partners adidas, NOCCO, SAP and Upper Deck. In addition, Replay and Tesla Batteries will serve as partners of the 2019 NHL Global Series in the Czech Republic between the Blackhawks and Flyers on Oct. 4, which will be broadcast locally by TV Nova at 8 p.m. CET.
The NHL is a global League, with more than 25 percent of NHL players this season having been born outside of North America. All four clubs feature a number of international stars on their rosters, including several natives and nationals of the countries they are visiting. This fall, Blackhawks forward Dominik Kahun, a German national born in the Czech Republic, will be playing in both Germany and the Czech Republic. In addition, David Kampfof the Blackhawks along with Jakub Voracek and Radko Gudas of the Flyers will be playing in their home country of the Czech Republic. In November, Rasmus Dahlin, Johan Larsson, Alexander Nylander,Lawrence Pilut and Linus Ullmark of the Sabres, along with Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman of the Lightning will be playing in their home country of Sweden.
Chicago haa already played regular-season games in Europe, while Philadelphia will be making its international regular-season debut. The Blackhawks split a pair of games against the Florida Panthers in the 2009 NHL Premiere in Helsinki, Finland.
Tickets to all games of the 2019 NHL Global Series™ and 2019 NHL Global Series Challenge™ will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, March 27 at www.ticketportal.cz. Fans interested in VIP hospitality packages for the NHL Global Series™ in Prague should go to www.ticketportal.cz.