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NHL playing 4 regular-season games in Europe in 2022-23

Jan 30, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; A view of the Columbus Blue Jackets logo worn by a member of the team during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL is heading to Europe for the 2022-23 season.

The Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets will play in the 2022 NHL Global Series, marking the first time the NHL has played outside North America since 2019.

In all, four regular-season and two exhibition games will be played in four cities next season.

The Predators will play an exhibition game against SC Bern of the Swiss National League in Bern, Switzerland, on Oct. 3. The following day, the Sharks will meet Eisbaren Berlin of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Berlin.

The Predators and Sharks then will open the 2022-23 season with two games in Prague on Oct. 7 and 8.

The Blue Jackets and Avalanche will travel to Tampere, Finland, for two games on Nov. 4 and 5.

Previously, NHL teams played 32 preseason games and 28 regular-season games in Europe from 2007-11 (NHL Premiere Series) and 2017-19 (NHL Global Series).

–Field Level Media