Hurricanes open in Finland and play an exhibition in Russia
The NHL announced today the Hurricanes will face off against a Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) opponent in an exhibition game as part of the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge.
Staged by the NHL and NHLPA in cooperation with the KHL, Russia’s top professional league, the Hurricanes will play against SKA St. Petersburg at Ledovy Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Oct. 4. SKA St. Petersburg plays in the Bobrov Division of the KHL’s Western Conference.
The Phoenix Coyotes will also play an exhibition game against a KHL opponent, facing Dinamo Riga at Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia, on Oct. 6.
This marks the first time in 20 years that the NHL returns to Russia or Latvia for exhibition games. In September 1989, the Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames conducted a pre-season tour of the Soviet Union which included four games against Soviet National League clubs. Games were played in Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev and Riga. The NHL clubs finished with a combined 6-2 record against the top Soviet teams, including the Red Army club and Dynamo Moscow.
In Sept. 1990, the Montreal Canadiens joined the Minnesota North Stars in traveling to the Soviet Union for the “Friendship Tour 90.” Again, games were played in Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev and Riga.
Das Spiel in Mannheim werden 2 der 6 Teams bestreiten die eh in Europa sind!
Zitat Prior to the start of the regular season in October, all six NHL teams will square off against European competition in a series of exhibition games spanning across Europe. Included in those games will be the first-ever visits by an NHL team to Belfast, Ireland; Mannheim, Germany; Riga, Latvia; and St. Petersburg, Russia.