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Bruins to Open 2010-11 NHL Season in Prague

Tuesday, 02.09.2010 / 1:00 PM / News
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Bruins to Open 2010-11 NHL Season in Prague
BOSTON, MA – The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) announced today that the Bruins will be part of an unprecedented six NHL® teams – along with the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks – to open the 2010-11 NHL regular season in Europe as part of 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere™ and NHL Face-Off™.  It will be the fourth straight year the NHL will begin the regular-season with games contested overseas.

The Bruins will open the 2010-2011 NHL regular season against the Coyotes at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10. More information on the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere and the 2010 Bruins preseason will be released at a later date, including start times, ticket information, broadcast information, training camp schedules and preseason schedules.

This will mark the first time in 50 years that the Bruins have played in Europe. After the 1958-59 season, the Bruins and New York Rangers embarked on a 10-city, 23-game European tour that included games in London, Geneva, Paris, Antwerp, Zurich, Berlin and Vienna, among others.

The Bruins roster includes Czech players David Krejci, who will represent the Czech Republic in the Olympics, and Vladimir Sobotka.  Also, team captain Zdeno Chara and Miroslav Satan hail from nearby Slovakia. 

The Coyotes franchise (then the Winnipeg Jets) last traveled Europe in September of 1994 when they went to Finland for a preseason tournament against Finnish club teams.  The Coyotes roster boasts Czech Olympian Zbynek Michalek and countrymen Petr Prucha, Martin Hanzal, Robert Lang and Radim Vrbata.

The Czech Republic routinely ranks among the top consumers of NHL content outside of North America. Through the first three months of this season, the Czech Republic ranked fourth among non-North American countries in terms of percentage of the Internet population who access NHL.com. The Czech Republic also ranks among the highest percentage of visitors who consume video on NHL.com.

The NHL last played regular season games in Prague when the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning played two games there to open the 2008-09 regular season.  A complete overseas history of the NHL is available on NHL.com.

The other games featured in the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere™ are: The Hurricanes and Wild at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, on Thursday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 8 and the Blue Jackets and Sharks at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9.

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