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List of international games played by NHL teams

 

List of international games played by NHL teams

Throughout the history of the National Hockey League (NHL), there has been a long-standing tradition of international games played by NHL teams. The following is a list of games played by NHL teams against other NHL teams and non-NHL teams outside the United States and Canada, as well games played by NHL teams in the United States and Canada against non-North American teams. In the tables below bolded team names denote winners.

Contents

  • 1938 Detroit Red Wings–Montreal Canadiens European tour 1
  • 1959 Boston Bruins–New York Rangers European tour 2
  • 1975–76 Super Series 3
  • 1976 Kansas City Scouts–Washington Capitals Japanese tour 4
  • 1977–78 Czech NHL tour and Super Series 5
  • 1978–79 Super Series 6
  • 1979–80 Super Series 7
  • 1980 NHL–Sweden tournament 8
  • 1981 NHL–Europe tournament 9
  • 1982–83 Super Series 10
  • 1985–86 Super Series 11
  • 1988–89 Super Series 12
  • 1989 Calgary Flames–Washington Capitals European tour 13
  • 1989–90 Super Series 14
  • 1990 Edmonton Oilers–St. Louis Blues European tournament 15
  • 1990 Minnesota North Stars–Montreal Canadiens European tour 16
  • 1990–91 Super Series 17
  • 1992 Chicago Blackhawks–Montreal Canadiens English games 18
  • 1993 New York Rangers–Toronto Maple Leafs English games 19
  • 1994 NHL International Challenge in Finland, with the Winnipeg Jets 20
  • 1997 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim–Vancouver Canucks Japanese games 21
  • 1998 Buffalo Sabres–Tampa Bay Lightning Austrian tournament 22
  • 1998 Calgary Flames–San Jose Sharks Japanese games 23
  • 2000 NHL Challenge 24
  • 2000 Nashville Predators–Pittsburgh Penguins Japanese games 25
  • 2001 NHL Challenge 26
  • 2003 NHL Challenge 27
  • 2006 Florida Panthers–New York Rangers Puerto Rican game 28
  • 2007 NHL Premiere 29
  • 2008 NHL Premiere 30
  • 2009 NHL Premiere 31
  • 2010 NHL Premiere 32
  • 2011 NHL Premiere 33
  • See also 34
  • References 35
  • External links 36

1938 Detroit Red Wings–Montreal Canadiens European tour

In 1938, for the first time in NHL history two of the league's teams, the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens, went on a tour of Europe with a nine-game series in England and France. The Canadiens won the series with a record of 5–3–1.

Date City Team Team Score
April 21 Earls Court, England Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 5–4 OT
April 23 Brighton, England Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 5–5
April 25 Paris, France Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 10–8
April 27 Paris, France Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 4–3
April 29 Paris, France Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 7–5
May 5 Earls Court, England Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 6–3
May 7 Brighton, England Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 10–5
May 10 Earls Court, England Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 5–4
May 14 Brighton, England Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 5–2

1959 Boston Bruins–New York Rangers European tour

In 1959, the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers (aided by Bobby Hull, Ed Litzenberger, Eric Nesterenko, and Pierre Pilote of the Chicago Black Hawks[1]) went on a 23-game tour of Europe, visiting England, Switzerland, France, Belgium, West Germany, and Austria. The Rangers won the series with a record of 11–9–3.

Date City Team Team Score
April 29 London, England Boston Bruins New York Rangers 7–5
April 30 London, England Boston Bruins New York Rangers 4–3
May 2 Geneva, Switzerland Boston Bruins New York Rangers 4–3
May 3 Geneva, Switzerland Boston Bruins New York Rangers 12–4
May 4 Paris, France Boston Bruins New York Rangers 6–2
May 5 Paris, France Boston Bruins New York Rangers 6–4
May 6 Antwerp, Belgium Boston Bruins New York Rangers 6–3
May 7 Antwerp, Belgium Boston Bruins New York Rangers 6–3
May 8 Antwerp, Belgium Boston Bruins New York Rangers 8–4
May 9 Zurich, Switzerland Boston Bruins New York Rangers 7–6
May 10 Zurich, Switzerland Boston Bruins New York Rangers 4–2
May 12 Dortmund, West Germany Boston Bruins New York Rangers 4–2
May 13 Dortmund, West Germany Boston Bruins New York Rangers 6–4
May 14 Essen, West Germany Boston Bruins New York Rangers 6–4
May 15 Essen, West Germany Boston Bruins New York Rangers 4–3
May 16 Krefeld, West Germany Boston Bruins New York Rangers 8–0
May 17 Krefeld, West Germany Boston Bruins New York Rangers 7–2
May 19 Berlin, West Germany Boston Bruins New York Rangers 6–6
May 20 Berlin, West Germany Boston Bruins New York Rangers 3–2
May 21 Berlin, West Germany Boston Bruins New York Rangers 8–2
May 22 Vienna, Austria Boston Bruins New York Rangers 2–2
May 23 Vienna, Austria Boston Bruins New York Rangers 5–3
May 24 Vienna, Austria Boston Bruins New York Rangers 4–4

1975–76 Super Series

In late 1975 and early 1976, two Soviet League teams from Moscow, USSR (CSKA, also known as "Red Army", and Krylya Sovetov, also known as "Soviet Wings") played an eight-game series against several NHL teams (the Chicago Black Hawks, the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Pittsburgh Penguins). The games took place in the USA and Canada. The Soviet teams won the series with a record of 5–2–1. Individually, CSKA had a record of 2–1–1 and Krylya Sovetov had a record of 3–1–0.

Date City Team Team Score
December 28, 1975 New York City, NY, USA CSKA Moscow New York Rangers 7–3
December 29, 1975 Pittsburgh, PA, USA Krylya Sovetov Moscow Pittsburgh Penguins 7–4
December 31, 1975 Montreal, QC, Canada CSKA Moscow Montreal Canadiens 3–3
January 4, 1976 Buffalo, NY, USA Krylya Sovetov Moscow Buffalo Sabres 6–12
January 7, 1976 Chicago, IL, USA Krylya Sovetov Moscow Chicago Black Hawks 4–2
January 8, 1976 Boston, MA, USA CSKA Moscow Boston Bruins 5–2
January 10, 1976 Uniondale, NY, USA Krylya Sovetov Moscow New York Islanders 2–1
January 11, 1976 Philadelphia, PA, USA CSKA Moscow Philadelphia Flyers 1–4

1976 Kansas City Scouts–Washington Capitals Japanese tour

In 1976, the Kansas City Scouts and the Washington Capitals played a four-game series in Japan. The Capitals won the series with a 3–1–0 record.

Date City Team Team Score
April 14 Sapporo Kansas City Scouts Washington Capitals 2–5
April 15 Sapporo Kansas City Scouts Washington Capitals 2–6
April 17 Tokyo Kansas City Scouts Washington Capitals 2–6
April 18 Tokyo Kansas City Scouts Washington Capitals 4–2

1977–78 Czech NHL tour and Super Series

In late 1977 and early 1978, two Czechoslovakian teams (Poldi Kladno and Tesla Pardubice) along with one Soviet team (Spartak Moscow) went on a 13-game tour of the NHL, playing against several NHL teams (the Atlanta Flames, the Chicago Black Hawks, the Cleveland Barons, the Colorado Rockies, the Detroit Red Wings, the Minnesota North Stars, the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the St. Louis Blues, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Vancouver Canucks). Games took place in the USA and Canada. Both sides finished the series with 6–6–1 records. Individually, Kladno had a record of 2–1–1, Pardubice had a record of 1–3–0 (combined Czech record of 3–4–1), and Spartak had a record of 3–2–0.

Date City Team Team Score
December 26, 1977 New York City, NY, USA Poldi Kladno New York Rangers 4–4
December 26, 1977 Philadelphia, PA, USA Tesla Pardubice Philadelphia Flyers 1–6
December 28, 1977 Vancouver, BC, Canada Spartak Moscow Vancouver Canucks 0–2
December 31, 1977 Chicago, IL, USA Poldi Kladno Chicago Black Hawks 6–4
December 31, 1977 Bloomington, MN, USA Tesla Pardubice Minnesota North Stars 4–2
January 2, 1978 Toronto, ON, Canada Poldi Kladno Toronto Maple Leafs 8–5
January 2, 1978 Detroit, MI, USA Tesla Pardubice Detroit Red Wings 4–5
January 3, 1978 Denver, CO, USA Spartak Moscow Colorado Rockies 8–3
January 4, 1978 Richfield, OH, USA Poldi Kladno Cleveland Barons 3–4
January 4, 1978 Uniondale, NY, USA Tesla Pardubice New York Islanders 3–8
January 5, 1978 St. Louis, MO, USA Spartak Moscow St. Louis Blues 2–1
January 6, 1978 Montreal, QC, Canada Spartak Moscow Montreal Canadiens 2–5
January 8, 1978 Atlanta, GA, USA Spartak Moscow Atlanta Flames 2–1

1978–79 Super Series

In late 1978 and early 1979, Soviet Union's Krylya Sovetov from Moscow played a four-game series against NHL teams (the Boston Bruins, the Detroit Red Wings, the Minnesota North Stars, and the Philadelphia Flyers). Games took place in the United States. Krylya Sovetov won the series with a 2–1–1 record.

Date City Team Team Score
December 31, 1978 Bloomington Krylya Sovetov Minnesota North Stars 8–5
January 2, 1979 Philadelphia Krylya Sovetov Philadelphia Flyers 4–4
January 4, 1979 Detroit Krylya Sovetov Detroit Red Wings 5–6
January 9, 1979 Boston Krylya Sovetov Boston Bruins 4–1

1979–80 Super Series

In late 1979 and early 1980, two Soviet teams from Moscow, CSKA and Dynamo, played a nine-game series against several NHL teams (the Buffalo Sabres, the Edmonton Oilers, the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Quebec Nordiques, the Vancouver Canucks, the Washington Capitals, and the original Winnipeg Jets). Games took place in the USA and Canada. The Moscow teams won the series with a record of 5–3–1. Individually, CSKA had a record of 3–2–0, and Dynamo had a record of 2–1–1.

Date City Team Team Score
December 26, 1979 Vancouver, BC, Canada Dynamo Moscow Vancouver Canucks 2–6
December 27, 1979 New York City, NY, USA CSKA Moscow New York Rangers 5–2
December 29, 1979 Uniondale, NY, USA CSKA Moscow New York Islanders 3–2
December 31, 1979 Montreal, QC, Canada CSKA Moscow Montreal Canadiens 2–4
January 2, 1980 Winnipeg, MB, Canada Dynamo Moscow Winnipeg Jets 7–0
January 3, 1980 Buffalo, NY, USA CSKA Moscow Buffalo Sabres 1–6
January 4, 1980 Edmonton, AB, Canada Dynamo Moscow Edmonton Oilers 4–1
January 6, 1980 Quebec City, QC, Canada CSKA Moscow Quebec Nordiques 6–4
January 8, 1980 Landover, MD, USA Dynamo Moscow Washington Capitals 5–5

1980 NHL–Sweden tournament

In 1980, the Minnesota North Stars and the Washington Capitals participated in a five-game tournament in Sweden with Swedish teams AIK Stockholm and Djurgarden Stockholm. The NHL teams won the tournament with a record of 5–1–0 (including the first NHL-only game; 4–0–0 against Swedish opponents). Minnesota had a record of 2–1–0 and Washington had a record of 3–0–0. Both Swedish teams had a record of 0–2–0.

Date City Team Team Score
September 22 Stockholm Washington Capitals Minnesota North Stars 4–3 2OT
September 23 Stockholm Minnesota North Stars Djurgarden Stockholm 8–0
September 24 Stockholm Washington Capitals AIK Stockholm 2–1
September 25 Stockholm Minnesota North Stars AIK Stockholm 4–3
September 26 Stockholm Washington Capitals Djurgarden Stockholm 3–2

1981 NHL–Europe tournament

In 1981, the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals participated in a nine-game tournament in Finland and Sweden with Finnish teams HIFK and Oulun Kärpät, and Swedish teams Frölunda, AIK, and Djurgarden. The NHL teams won the tournament with a 6–4–0 record (including the NHL-only game; 5–3–0 excluding it). New York had a record of 4–1–0 and Washington had a record of 2–3–0 (both including the NHL-only game). AIK had a record of 1–1–0, Djurgarden had a record of 0–2–0, Frölunda had a record of 1–1–0, HIFK had a record of 1–0–0, Kärpät had a record of 0–1–0 (for a combined European total of 3–5–0).

Date City Team Team Score
September 17 Helsinki, Finland New York Rangers HIFK Helsinki 1–4
September 17 Gothenburg, Sweden Washington Capitals Frölunda Gothenburg 4–7
September 18 Stockholm, Sweden Washington Capitals AIK Stockholm 1–6
September 18 Stockholm, Sweden New York Rangers Djurgarden Stockholm 5–1
September 20 Stockholm, Sweden New York Rangers Washington Capitals 4–1
September 22 Stockholm, Sweden Washington Capitals Djurgarden Stockholm 5–2
September 22 Gothenburg, Sweden New York Rangers Frölunda Gothenburg 7–1
September 23 Stockholm, Sweden New York Rangers AIK Stockholm 4–1
September 24 Oulu, Finland Washington Capitals Oulun Kärpät 5–3

1982–83 Super Series

In late 1982 and early 1983, the USSR national team played a six-game series against several NHL teams (the Calgary Flames, the Edmonton Oilers, the Minnesota North Stars, the Montreal Canadiens, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Quebec Nordiques). Games took place in the USA and Canada. The USSR team won the series with a 4–2–0 record.

Date City Team Team Score
December 28, 1982 Edmonton, AB, Canada USSR Edmonton Oilers 3–4
December 30, 1982 Quebec City, QC, Canada USSR Quebec Nordiques 3–0
December 31, 1982 Montreal, QC, Canada USSR Montreal Canadiens 5–0
January 2, 1983 Calgary, AB, Canada USSR Calgary Flames 2–3
January 4, 1983 Bloomington, MN, USA USSR Minnesota North Stars 6–3
January 6, 1983 Philadelphia, PA, USA USSR Philadelphia Flyers 5–1

1985–86 Super Series

In late 1985 and early 1986, two Soviet teams from Moscow, CSKA and Dynamo, played a ten-game series against several NHL teams (the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Calgary Flames, the Edmonton Oilers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars, the Montreal Canadiens, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Quebec Nordiques, and the St. Louis Blues). Games took place in the USA and Canada. The Moscow teams won the series with a record of 7–2–1. Individually, CSKA had a record of 5–1–0 and Dynamo had a record of 2–1–1.

Date City Team Team Score
December 26, 1985 Inglewood, CA, USA CSKA Moscow Los Angeles Kings 5–2
December 27, 1985 Edmonton, AB, Canada CSKA Moscow Edmonton Oilers 6–3
December 29, 1985 Quebec City, QC, Canada CSKA Moscow Quebec Nordiques 1–5
December 29, 1985 Calgary, AB, Canada Dynamo Moscow Calgary Flames 3–4
December 31, 1985 Montreal, QC, Canada CSKA Moscow Montreal Canadiens 6–1
January 2, 1985 St. Louis, MO, USA CSKA Moscow St. Louis Blues 4–2
January 4, 1985 Bloomington, MN, USA CSKA Moscow Minnesota North Stars 4–3 (OT)
January 4, 1985 Pittsburgh, PA, USA Dynamo Moscow Pittsburgh Penguins 3–3
January 6, 1985 Boston, MA, USA Dynamo Moscow Boston Bruins 6–4
January 8, 1985 Buffalo, NY, USA Dynamo Moscow Buffalo Sabres 7–4

1988–89 Super Series

In late 1988 and early 1989 two Soviet League teams, CSKA Moscow and Dinamo Riga, played a 14-games series against several NHL teams (the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Calgary Flames, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Edmonton Oilers, the Hartford Whalers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars, the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Quebec Nordiques, the St. Louis Blues, and the Vancouver Canucks). Games took place in the USA and Canada. Both sides finished with a record of 6–6–2. Individually, CSKA had a record of 4–2–1 and Dinamo had a record of 2–4–1.

Date City Team Team Score
December 26, 1988 Quebec City, QC, Canada CSKA Moscow Quebec Nordiques 5–5
December 27, 1988 Calgary, AB, Canada Dinamo Riga Calgary Flames 2–2
December 28, 1988 Edmonton, AB, Canada Dinamo Riga Edmonton Oilers 1–2
December 29, 1988 Uniondale, NY, USA CSKA Moscow New York Islanders 3–2
December 30, 1988 Vancouver, BC, Canada Dinamo Riga Vancouver Canucks 1–6
December 31, 1988 Boston, MA, USA CSKA Moscow Boston Bruins 5–4
December 31, 1988 Inglewood, CA, USA Dinamo Riga Los Angeles Kings 5–3
January 2, 1989 East Rutherford, NJ, USA CSKA Moscow New Jersey Devils 5–0
January 4, 1989 Pittsburgh, PA, USA CSKA Moscow Pittsburgh Penguins 2–4
January 4, 1989 Chicago, IL, USA Dinamo Riga Chicago Blackhawks 1–4
January 5, 1989 St. Louis, MO, USA Dinamo Riga St. Louis Blues 0–5
January 7, 1989 Bloomington, MN, USA Dinamo Riga Minnesota North Stars 2–1
January 7, 1989 Hartford, CT, USA CSKA Moscow Hartford Whalers 6–3
January 9, 1989 Buffalo, NY, USA CSKA Moscow Buffalo Sabres 5-6 (OT)

1989 Calgary Flames–Washington Capitals European tour

In 1989, the Calgary Flames and the Washington Capitals went on a twelve-game European tour, playing against teams from Sweden (Färjestad BK and Brynäs IF) and the USSR (CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Dinamo Riga, Khimik Voskresensk, Krylya Sovetov Moscow, SKA Leningrad, Sokol Kiev, and Spartak Moscow). The Flames preceded these games with a two-game series in Czechoslovakia against the Czechoslovakia national team, losing both. The NHL teams won the series with a record of 7–5–0 (0–2–0 against Czechoslovakia, 1–1–0 against the Swedish teams, and 6–2–0 against Soviet teams). Individually, Calgary had a record of 3–3–0 and Washington had a record of 4–2–0.

Date City Team Team Score
September 10 Prague, Czechoslovakia Calgary Flames Czechoslovakia 2–4
September 11 Prague, Czechoslovakia Calgary Flames Czechoslovakia 1–4
September 12 Karlstad, Sweden Washington Capitals Färjestads BK 4–7
September 13 Gävle, Sweden Washington Capitals Brynäs IF 3–1
September 14 Voskresensk, USSR Calgary Flames Khimik Voskresensk 4–2
September 15 Moscow, USSR Washington Capitals Spartak Moscow 8–7 (OT)
September 16 Kiev, USSR Calgary Flames Sokol Kiev 5–2
September 17 Moscow, USSR Washington Capitals Dynamo Moscow 2–7
September 18 Moscow, USSR Calgary Flames Krylya Sovetov Moscow 3–2 (OT)
September 19 Riga, USSR Washington Capitals Dinamo Riga 2–1 (OT)
September 20 Moscow, USSR Calgary Flames CSKA Moscow 1–2
September 21 Leningrad, USSR Washington Capitals SKA Leningrad 5–4

1989–90 Super Series

In late 1989 and early 1990 a record four Soviet teams (CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Khimik Voskresensk, and Krylya Sovetov Moscow went on a 21-game tour of North America, playing against every NHL team (the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Calgary Flames, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Red Wings, the Edmonton Oilers, the Hartford Whalers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars, the Montreal Canadiens, the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Quebec Nordiques, the St. Louis Blues, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Vancouver Canucks, the Washington Capitals, and the original Winnipeg Jets). Games took place in the USA and Canada. The Soviet teams won the series with a record of 11–9–1. Individually, CSKA has a record of 4–1–0, Dynamo had a record of 3–2–0, Khimik had a record of 3–3–0, and Krylya Sovetov had a record of 1–3–1.

Date City Team Team Score
December 4, 1989 Inglewood, CA, USA Khimik Voskresensk Los Angeles Kings 6–3
December 6, 1989 Edmonton, AB, Canada Khimik Voskresensk Edmonton Oilers 2–6
December 8, 1989 Calgary, AB, Canada Khimik Voskresensk Calgary Flames 3–6
December 11, 1989 Detroit, MI, USA Khimik Voskresensk Detroit Red Wings 4–2
December 12, 1989 Landover, MD, USA Khimik Voskresensk Washington Capitals 2–5
December 14, 1989 St.Louis, MO, USA Khimik Voskresensk St. Louis Blues 6–3
December 26, 1989 Uniondale, NY, USA Krylya Sovetov Moscow New York Islanders 4–5
December 27, 1989 Hartford, CT, USA Krylya Sovetov Moscow Hartford Whalers 3–4 (OT)
December 27, 1989 Winnipeg, MB, Canada CSKA Moscow Winnipeg Jets 1–4
December 29, 1989 Pittsburgh, PA, USA Dynamo Moscow Pittsburgh Penguins 5–2
December 29, 1989 Vancouver, BC, Canada CSKA Moscow Vancouver Canucks 6–0
December 31, 1989 Quebec City, QC, Canada Krylya Sovetov Moscow Quebec Nordiques 4–4
December 31, 1989 Toronto, ON, Canada Dynamo Moscow Toronto Maple Leafs 7–4
January 1, 1990 New York City, NY, USA Krylya Sovetov Moscow New York Rangers 3–1
January 2, 1990 Bloomington, MN, USA CSKA Moscow Minnesota North Stars 4–2
January 3, 1990 Montreal, QC, Canada Krylya Sovetov Moscow Montreal Canadiens 1–2
January 3, 1990 Buffalo, NY, USA Dynamo Moscow Buffalo Sabres 2–4
January 6, 1990 East Rutherford, NJ, USA Dynamo Moscow New Jersey Devils 1–7
January 7, 1990 Chicago, IL, USA CSKA Moscow Chicago Blackhawks 6–4
January 9, 1990 Philadelphia, PA, USA CSKA Moscow Philadelphia Flyers 5–4
January 9, 1990 Boston, MA, USA Dynamo Moscow Boston Bruins 3–1

1990 Edmonton Oilers–St. Louis Blues European tournament

In 1990, the Edmonton Oilers and the St. Louis Blues participated in a four-game tournament in Europe, taking place in Austria and West Germany, playing against the Austrian team Graz EC and the German team Düsseldorf EG. The NHL teams won the tournament with a record of 3–0–0, excluding the NHL-only game.

Date City Team Team Score
September 6 Düsseldorf, West Germany St. Louis Blues Düsseldorf EG 3–1
September 7 Düsseldorf, West Germany Edmonton Oilers Düsseldorf EG 2–0
September 8 Düsseldorf, West Germany St. Louis Blues Edmonton Oilers 10–1
September 14 Graz, Austria Edmonton Oilers Graz EC 12–3

1990 Minnesota North Stars–Montreal Canadiens European tour

In 1990, the Minnesota North Stars and the Montreal Canadiens went on a nine-game tour of Europe, with a game in Sweden against AIK, and the rest in the USSR against CSKA Moscow, Dinamo Riga, Dynamo Moscow, Khimik Voskresensk, Krylya Sovetov Moscow, a SKA Leningrad/Torpedo Yaroslavl joint squad, Sokol Kiev, and Spartak Moscow. The European teams won the series with a record of 5–4–0. Individually, the Canadiens had a record of 3–2–0 and the North Stars had a record of 1–3–0.

Date City Team Team Score
September 10 Stockholm, Sweden Montreal Canadiens AIK Stockholm 7–1
September 12 Leningrad, USSR Montreal Canadiens SKA Leningrad/Torpedo Yaroslavl 5–3
September 13 Moscow, USSR Minnesota North Stars Spartak Moscow 5–8
September 14 Riga, USSR Montreal Canadiens Dinamo Riga 4–2
September 15 Moscow, USSR Minnesota North Stars Krylya Sovetov Moscow 2–3 (OT)
September 16 Moscow, USSR Montreal Canadiens Dynamo Moscow 1–4
September 17 Voskresensk, USSR Minnesota North Stars Khimik Voskresensk 3–2
September 18 Moscow, USSR Montreal Canadiens CSKA Moscow 2–3 (OT)
September 19 Kiev, USSR Minnesota North Stars Sokol Kiev 0–5

1990–91 Super Series

In late 1990 and early 1991 three Soviet teams (CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Khimik Voskresensk) went on a 21-game tour of North America, playing against every NHL team (the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Calgary Flames, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Red Wings, the Edmonton Oilers, the Hartford Whalers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars, the Montreal Canadiens, the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Quebec Nordiques, the St. Louis Blues, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Vancouver Canucks, the Washington Capitals, and the original Winnipeg Jets). Games took place in the USA and Canada. The Soviet teams won the series with a record of 12–6–3. Individually, CSKA had a record of 6–1–0, Dynamo had a record of 3–2–2, and Khimik had a record of 3–3–1.

Date City Team Team Score
December 3, 1990 Inglewood, CA, USA Khimik Voskresensk Los Angeles Kings 1–5
December 5, 1990 St.Louis, MO, USA Khimik Voskresensk St. Louis Blues 2–4
December 8, 1990 Uniondale, NY, USA Khimik Voskresensk New York Islanders 2–2
December 10, 1990 Montreal, QC, Canada Khimik Voskresensk Montreal Canadiens 6–3
December 12, 1990 Buffalo, NY, USA Khimik Voskresensk Buffalo Sabres 5–4 (OT)
December 16, 1990 Boston, MA, USA Khimik Voskresensk Boston Bruins 5–2
December 18, 1990 Bloomington, MN, USA Khimik Voskresensk Minnesota North Stars 4–6
December 26, 1990 Detroit, MI, USA CSKA Moscow Detroit Red Wings 5–2
December 31, 1990 New York City, NY, USA CSKA Moscow New York Rangers 6–1
January 1, 1991 Toronto, ON, Canada Dynamo Moscow Toronto Maple Leafs 4–7
January 1, 1991 Chicago, IL, USA CSKA Moscow Chicago Blackhawks 4–2
January 3, 1991 Hartford, CT, USA Dynamo Moscow Hartford Whalers 0–0
January 4, 1991 Calgary, AB, Canada CSKA Moscow Calgary Flames 6–4
January 6, 1991 East Rutherford, NJ, USA Dynamo Moscow New Jersey Devils 2–2
January 6, 1991 Edmonton, AB, Canada CSKA Moscow Edmonton Oilers 2–4
January 8, 1991 Landover, MD, USA Dynamo Moscow Washington Capitals 2–3
January 9, 1991 Winnipeg, MB, Canada CSKA Moscow Winnipeg Jets 6–4
January 10, 1991 Philadelphia, PA, USA Dynamo Moscow Philadelphia Flyers 4–1
January 12, 1991 Pittsburgh, PA, USA Dynamo Moscow Pittsburgh Penguins 4–3
January 13, 1991 Vancouver, BC, Canada CSKA Moscow Vancouver Canucks 4–3 (OT)
January 15, 1991 Quebec City, QC, Canada Dynamo Moscow Quebec Nordiques 4–1

1992 Chicago Blackhawks–Montreal Canadiens English games

In 1992, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens played a two-game series in England. Each team won one game.

Date City Team Team Score
September 12 London Chicago Blackhawks Montreal Canadiens 2–3
September 13 London Chicago Blackhawks Montreal Canadiens 5–4 (OT)

1993 New York Rangers–Toronto Maple Leafs English games

In 1993, the New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs played a two-game series in England. The Rangers won both games.

Date City Team Team Score
September 11 London New York Rangers Toronto Maple Leafs 5–3
September 12 London New York Rangers Toronto Maple Leafs 3–1

1994 NHL International Challenge in Finland, with the Winnipeg Jets

In 1994, the original Winnipeg Jets played in a four-team compressed tournament with HIFK Helsinki, Helsinki Jokerit, and Tappara Tampere in Finland. The Jets won their first game against Tappara, and then HIFK in the final. The tournament had been set up for a final game between Teemu Selänne's old team (Jokerit) and current team (the Jets).

Date City Team Team Score
September 9 Helsinki Winnipeg Jets Tappara Tampere 8–2
September 11 Helsinki Winnipeg Jets HIFK Helsinki 5–3

1997 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim–Vancouver Canucks Japanese games

In 1997, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Vancouver Canucks played a two-game series in Japan to open the 1997-98 regular season. This marked the first time that games played by NHL teams outside of North America counted in the league standings. Each team won one game.

Date City Team Team Score
October 4 Tokyo Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Vancouver Canucks 2–3
October 5 Tokyo Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Vancouver Canucks 3–2

1998 Buffalo Sabres–Tampa Bay Lightning Austrian tournament

In 1998, the Buffalo Sabres and the Tampa Bay Lightning played in a three-game tournament in Austria against the Austrian teams KAC Klagenfurt and VEU Feldkirch. The NHL teams won the tournament with a record of 2–0–0, excluding the NHL-only game.

Date City Team Team Score
September 15 Klagenfurt Tampa Bay Lightning VEU Feldkirch 4–1
September 16 Klagenfurt Buffalo Sabres KAC Klagenfurt 5–1
September 18 Innsbruck Tampa Bay Lightning Buffalo Sabres 5–1

1998 Calgary Flames–San Jose Sharks Japanese games

In 1998, the Calgary Flames and the San Jose Sharks played a two-game series in Japan. The teams tied one game, and the Flames won the other. These games counted in the regular-season standings.

Date City Team Team Score
October 9 Tokyo Calgary Flames San Jose Sharks 3–3
October 10 Tokyo Calgary Flames San Jose Sharks 5–3

2000 NHL Challenge

In 2000, the Vancouver Canucks played a two-game series in Sweden against the Swedish teams Djurgarden Stockholm and MoDo Ornskoldsvik. The Canucks won both games.

Date City Team Team Score
September 13 Stockholm Vancouver Canucks MoDo Ornskoldsvik 5–2
September 15 Stockholm Vancouver Canucks Djurgarden Stockholm 2–1 OT

2000 Nashville Predators–Pittsburgh Penguins Japanese games

In 2000, the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins played a two-game series in Japan. Each team won one game. As with the previous season-opening series in Japan in 1997 and 1998, these games counted in the regular-season standings.

Date City Team Team Score
October 7 Saitama City Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins 3–1
October 8 Saitama City Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins 1–3

2001 NHL Challenge

In 2001, the Colorado Avalanche played a single game in Sweden against the Swedish team Brynas Gavle. The Avalanche won. Two more games were scheduled (against Djurgarden and Jokerit), but the tour was cut short due to the September 11 attacks.

Date City Team Team Score
September 16 Stockholm Colorado Avalanche Brynas Gavle 5–3

2003 NHL Challenge

In 2003, the Toronto Maple Leafs played a three-game series in Finland and Sweden against the Finnish team Jokerit Helsinki and the Swedish teams Djurgarden Stockholm and Farjestad Karlstad. The Maple Leafs won all games.

Date City Team Team Score
September 16 Helsinki, Finland Toronto Maple Leafs Jokerit Helsinki 5–3
September 18 Stockholm, Sweden Toronto Maple Leafs Djurgarden Stockholm 9–2
September 19 Stockholm, Sweden Toronto Maple Leafs Farjestad Karlstad 3–0

2006 Florida Panthers–New York Rangers Puerto Rican game

In 2006, as part of the pre-season for the 2006–07 NHL season, the Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers played an exhibition game in Puerto Rico. The Rangers won the game.

Date City Team Team Score
September 23 San Juan Florida Panthers New York Rangers 2–3

2007 NHL Premiere

In 2007, the NHL opened its regular season in Europe for the first time. The Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings played a two-game series in England. Each team won one game. Prior to this, the Kings played a two-game series in Austria against the Austrian team Red Bull Salzburg and the Swedish team Farjestad Karlstad, winning both.

Date City Team Team Score
September 25 Salzburg, Austria Los Angeles Kings Red Bull Salzburg 7–6
September 26 Salzburg, Austria Los Angeles Kings Farjestad Karlstad 3–2
September 29 London, England Anaheim Ducks Los Angeles Kings 1–4
September 30 London, England Anaheim Ducks Los Angeles Kings 4–1

2008 NHL Premiere

In 2008, four teams from the NHL (the New York Rangers, the Ottawa Senators, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Tampa Bay Lightning) opened their regular seasons in Europe. The Rangers and the Lightning played a two-game series in the Czech Republic, with the Rangers winning both games. The Senators and the Penguins played a two-game series in Sweden, with each team winning one game. Prior to this, the Rangers played in the inaugural Victoria Cup against Metallurg Magnitogorsk from Russia. All four teams also played against various European teams (Eisbären Berlin from Germany, SC Bern from Switzerland, Slovan Bratislava from Slovakia, Jokerit Helsinki from Finland, and Frölunda Gothenburg from Sweden). The NHL teams won all games.

Date City Team Team Score
September 28 Berlin, Germany Tampa Bay Lightning Eisbären Berlin 4–1
September 30 Bern, Switzerland New York Rangers SC Bern 8–1
September 30 Bratislava, Slovakia Tampa Bay Lightning Slovan Bratislava 3–2 SO
October 1 Bern, Switzerland New York Rangers Metallurg Magnitogorsk 4–3
October 2 Helsinki, Finland Pittsburgh Penguins Jokerit Helsinki 4–1
October 2 Gothenburg, Sweden Ottawa Senators Frölunda Gothenburg 4–1
October 4 Prague, Czech Republic New York Rangers Tampa Bay Lightning 2–1
October 4 Stockholm, Sweden Ottawa Senators Pittsburgh Penguins 3–4 (OT)
October 5 Prague, Czech Republic New York Rangers Tampa Bay Lightning 2–1
October 5 Stockholm, Sweden Ottawa Senators Pittsburgh Penguins 3–1

2009 NHL Premiere

In 2009, once more four teams from the NHL (the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Red Wings, the Florida Panthers, and the St. Louis Blues) opened their regular seasons in Europe. The Blackhawks and the Panthers played a two-game series in Finland, with each team winning once. The Red Wings and the Blues played a two-game series in Sweden, with the Blues winning both games. Prior to this, the Blackhawks played in the second annual Victoria Cup against ZSC Lions from Switzerland. All four teams also played against various European teams (Jokerit Helsinki and Tappara Tampere from Finland, HC Davos from Switzerland, and Färjestad BK and Linköpings HC from Sweden). The NHL teams had a record of 4–2–0 against the European teams.

Date City Team Team Score
September 28 Tampere, Finland Florida Panthers Tappara Tampere 2–3 (SO)
September 28 Zurich, Switzerland Chicago Blackhawks HC Davos 9–2
September 29 Linköping, Sweden St. Louis Blues Linköpings HC 6–0
September 29 Zurich, Switzerland Chicago Blackhawks ZSC Lions 1–2
September 30 Helsinki, Finland Florida Panthers Jokerit Helsinki 4–2
September 30 Karlstad, Sweden Detroit Red Wings Färjestads BK 6–2
October 2 Helsinki, Finland Chicago Blackhawks Florida Panthers 3–4 (SO)
October 2 Stockholm, Sweden Detroit Red Wings St. Louis Blues 3–4
October 3 Helsinki, Finland Chicago Blackhawks Florida Panthers 4–0
October 3 Stockholm, Sweden Detroit Red Wings St. Louis Blues 3–5

2010 NHL Premiere

In 2010, a record six NHL teams (the Boston Bruins, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Minnesota Wild, the Phoenix Coyotes, and the San Jose Sharks) opened their regular seasons in Europe. The Hurricanes and the Wild played a two-game series in Finland, with the Hurricanes winning both games. The Blue Jackets and the Sharks played a two-game series in Sweden, with each team winning one game. The Bruins and the Coyotes played a two-game series in the Czech Republic, with each team winning one game. Prior to this, all six teams also played against various European teams (Adler Mannheim from Germany, Belfast Giants Selects from Northern Ireland (an all-star team [2] of the EIHL), SKA Saint Petersburg from Russia, Ilves Tampere from Finland, HC Bílí Tygři Liberec from the Czech Republic, Malmö Redhawks from Sweden, and Dinamo Riga from Latvia). The NHL teams had a record of 6–1–0 against the European teams.

Date City Team Team Score
October 2 Mannheim, Germany San Jose Sharks Adler Mannheim 3–2 (SO)
October 2 Belfast, Northern Ireland Boston Bruins Belfast Giants Selects 5–1
October 4 Saint Petersburg, Russia Carolina Hurricanes SKA Saint Petersburg 3–5
October 4 Tampere, Finland Minnesota Wild Ilves Tampere 5–1
October 5 Liberec, Czech Republic Boston Bruins HC Liberec 7–1
October 5 Malmö, Sweden Columbus Blue Jackets Malmö Redhawks 4–1
October 6 Riga, Latvia Phoenix Coyotes Dinamo Riga 3–1
October 7 Helsinki, Finland Carolina Hurricanes Minnesota Wild 4–3
October 8 Helsinki, Finland Carolina Hurricanes Minnesota Wild 2–1 (SO)
October 8 Stockholm, Sweden Columbus Blue Jackets San Jose Sharks 2–3
October 9 Prague, Czech Republic Boston Bruins Phoenix Coyotes 2–5
October 9 Stockholm, Sweden Columbus Blue Jackets San Jose Sharks 3–2 (OT)
October 10 Prague, Czech Republic Boston Bruins Phoenix Coyotes 3–0

2011 NHL Premiere

In 2011, four teams from the NHL (the Anaheim Ducks, the Buffalo Sabres, the Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Rangers) opened their regular seasons in Europe, marking the fifth straight season of the NHL Premiere games. On October 7, the Ducks and the Sabres played a game in Finland, while the Kings and the Rangers played a game in Sweden. The next day, the Ducks and the Rangers played a game in Sweden, while the Sabres and the Kings played a game in Germany. These teams also played exhibition games against HC Sparta Prague from the Czech Republic, Frölunda HC from Sweden, Slovan Bratislava from Slovakia, EV Zug from Switzerland, Jokerit Helsinki from Finland and Adler Mannheim and Hamburg Freezers from Germany as part of their pre-season schedule.[3] The New York Rangers, playing four games in five days in four countries, had a record of 3–1–0 against the European teams. The NHL teams had an overall record of 6–1–0 against the European teams.

In March 2012, the NHL announced that it would not schedule an NHL Premiere event for 2012. The series is presently on hiatus.

Date City Team Team Score
September 29 Prague, Czech Republic New York Rangers HC Sparta Prague 2–0
September 30 Gothenburg, Sweden New York Rangers Frölunda Gothenburg 4–2
October 2 Bratislava, Slovakia New York Rangers Slovan Bratislava 4–1
October 3 Zug, Switzerland New York Rangers EV Zug 4–8
October 4 Helsinki, Finland Anaheim Ducks Jokerit Helsinki 4–3 OT
October 4 Hamburg, Germany Los Angeles Kings Hamburg Freezers 5–4
October 4 Mannheim, Germany Buffalo Sabres Adler Mannheim 8–3
October 7 Helsinki, Finland Anaheim Ducks Buffalo Sabres 4–1
October 7 Stockholm, Sweden Los Angeles Kings New York Rangers 3–2 OT
October 8 Stockholm, Sweden Anaheim Ducks New York Rangers 2–1 SO
October 8 Berlin, Germany Buffalo Sabres Los Angeles Kings 4–2

See also

References

  1. ^ Hockey Teams Fly to Europe for Games", The Milwaukee Journal, April 27, 1959, page 2
  2. ^ "Belfast Giants Select finalize roster for Bruins - 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere". Nhl.com. 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 
  3. ^ "Jets' debut, seven overseas games highlight 2011-12 NHL pre-season schedule - NHL.com - News". NHL.com. 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2012-08-31. 

External links

  • NHL overseas history at NHL.com
  • List of international NHL games at IIHF.com
  • NHL overseas history at GreatestHockeyLegends.com
  • Slapshots list of NHL vs. European games
  • 1959 tour at NHL.com
  • 2006 game in Puerto Rico
  • 2010 NHL Premiere
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