The NHL announced today that the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will face off in a pair of regular-season games in Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series.
The games will take place at the Ericsson Globe on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 29.
"We have more Swedish players than ever in the NHL, and we are extremely pleased that the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series will allow us to showcase a number of those players, with their NHL teams, in their homeland," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "The return of regular-season NHL games to the international stage will provide yet another highlight for our Centennial celebration."
This will be the sixth time the NHL has played regular-season games in Europe, and the first time since 2011, when games took place in Berlin, Germany; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Series.
"Hockey is a global sport, with NHL players from the world over, and we are focused on continued international growth," said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director. "Playing NHL regular-season games at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm is an integral part of that effort and promises to be especially memorable. Our Players on the Senators and the Avalanche are looking forward to the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series."
The game on Nov. 10 will start at 8pm CET (2pm ET), with Colorado serving as the home team. The game on Nov. 11 will start at 7pm CET (1pmET) with Ottawa serving as the home team.
Both the Senators and Avalanche will be making their second trips to Europe.
Ottawa was one of four NHL teams that traveled to Europe to play in the Bridgestone NHL Premiere 2008, playing in Stockholm, while Colorado took part in the 2001 NHL Challenge Series, defeating Brynas IF of the Swedish Elite League 5-3.
"The Ottawa Senators are excited and honored to be part of the 2017 NHL Global Series," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "Our return to Stockholm, Sweden is a truly unique opportunity to showcase the Senators and NHL brands to a larger worldwide audience."
"Sweden and the city of Stockholm have a rich history of hockey, and we look forward to playing in front of their great fans and continuing to showcase the NHL overseas," said Avalanche President Josh Kroenke. "Hockey is truly a global sport and the Avalanche's roster includes players from not only the United States and Canada, but from Sweden, Finland, Russia and Switzerland. We are especially pleased that our fans across Europe and especially Sweden will be able to enjoy this series."
Roughly 26 percent of NHL players this season were born outside of North America.
Senators captain and Landsbro, Sweden, native Erik Karlsson as well as Avalanche captain and Stockholm, Sweden, native Gabriel Landeskog will be playing in their home country for the first time as NHL players.
On Thursday, March 30, locally, the NHL will make a "special announcement" from Beijing where they are expected to officially announce a series between the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks in Beijing at the start of the 2017-18 season.
The announcement will occur at 10:30pm ET on Wednesday, March 29.