The NHL will send two Canadian teams to Sweden next season, with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators playing Global Series games in November.
The league on Wednesday marked its second and final trip outside of North America in 2023: one game each day in Stockholm from Nov. 16-19.
The Los Angeles Kings and Arizona Coyotes are scheduled to play two preseason games in September in Melbourne, Australia.
The NHL is trying to build its product in Oceania while building on existing interest in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe.
The Batman Tour will return to Sweden for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic when the Buffalo Sabers clash with the Tampa Bay Lightning at Avicii Arena.
The Detroit Red Wings will face the Senators on November 16th and the Leafs the following day, while the Minnesota Wild will face Ottawa on the 18th and Toronto on the 19th.
Having four teams in Sweden’s only amphitheater could allow the NHL to renew its plans for the World Cup of Hockey, which the league and players’ association hope to put forward in 2025 — after canceling their plans. 2024.
— with Stephen Vaino, Associated Press
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