List of international games played by NHL teams

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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.

The first NHL international games were held as part of the 1938 Detroit Red Wings–Montreal Canadiens European tour, where the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens played a nine-game series in various cities in England and France from April 21 to May 14. That first game played on April 21, 1938 was the first one organized by any major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada, to take place outside North America. Since then, the league has staged games throughout Europe and in Japan, China, and Australia. While most NHL international games have been exhibition or preseason contests, the first ones to count towards the league's regular seasons standings were held in October 3–4, 1997, when the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Vancouver Canucks played a two-game series in Japan to open the 1997–98 regular season.

In the tables below:

  • Bolded team names denote winners.
  •  †  Indicates regular season games.

Europe

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 Arena Team Team Score
April 21 London, United Kingdom Empress Hall, Earl's Court Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 5–4 (OT)
April 23 Brighton, United Kingdom Sports Stadium Brighton Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 5–5
April 25 Paris, France Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 10–8
April 27 Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 4–3
April 29 Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 7–5
May 5 London, United Kingdom Empress Hall, Earl's Court 6–3
May 7 Brighton, United Kingdom Sports Stadium Brighton Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 10–5
May 10 London, United Kingdom Empress Hall, Earl's Court Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 5–4
May 14 Brighton, United Kingdom Sports Stadium Brighton 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) 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.

The first game in Geneva was attended by a sell-out crowd of 11,000, the attendance for the Zürich games was 4500 and 2000. In Berlin, only 600 people went to see the first game.

Date City Arena Team Team Score Attendance
April 29 London, United Kingdom Empire Pool, Wembley Boston Bruins New York Rangers 7–5
April 30 Boston Bruins New York Rangers 4–3
May 2 Geneva, Switzerland Patinoire des Vernets 4–3 11,000
May 3 Boston Bruins New York Rangers 12–4
May 4 Boulogne-Billancourt, France Patinoire de Boulogne-Billancourt Boston Bruins New York Rangers 6–2
May 5 Boston Bruins New York Rangers 6–4
May 6 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis 6–3
May 7 Boston Bruins New York Rangers 6–3
May 8 8–4
May 9 Zürich, Switzerland Hallenstadion 7–6 4,500
May 10 Boston Bruins New York Rangers 4–2 2,000
May 12 Dortmund, West Germany Boston Bruins New York Rangers 4–2
May 13 Boston Bruins New York Rangers 6–4
May 14 Essen, West Germany 6–4
May 15 Boston Bruins New York Rangers 4–3
May 16 Krefeld, West Germany Rheinlandhalle 8–0
May 17 7–2
May 19 West Berlin, West Germany Sportpalast Boston Bruins New York Rangers 6–6 600
May 20 Boston Bruins New York Rangers 3–2
May 21 Boston Bruins New York Rangers 8–2
May 22 Vienna, Austria Boston Bruins New York Rangers 2–2
May 23 Boston Bruins New York Rangers 5–3
May 24 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 US 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 Arena Team Team Score Attendance
December 28, 1975 New York, USA Madison Square Garden CSKA Moscow New York Rangers 7–3 17,500
December 29, 1975 Pittsburgh, USA Civic Arena Krylya Sovetov Moscow Pittsburgh Penguins 7–4 13,218
December 31, 1975 Montreal, Canada Montreal Forum CSKA Moscow Montreal Canadiens 3–3 18,975
January 4, 1976 Buffalo, USA Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Krylya Sovetov Moscow Buffalo Sabres 6–12 16,433
January 7, 1976 Chicago, USA Chicago Stadium Krylya Sovetov Moscow Chicago Black Hawks 4–2 18,500
January 8, 1976 Boston, USA Boston Garden CSKA Moscow Boston Bruins 5–2 15,003
January 10, 1976 Uniondale, USA Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Krylya Sovetov Moscow New York Islanders 2–1 14,865
January 11, 1976 Philadelphia, USA Spectrum CSKA Moscow Philadelphia Flyers 1–4 17,077

1977–78 Czechoslovak NHL tour and Super Series

In late 1977 and early 1978, two Czechoslovakian teams (TJ Poldi SONP 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 US 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 Arena Team Team Score Attendance
December 26, 1977 New York, USA Madison Square Garden Poldi Kladno New York Rangers 4–4 10,123
Philadelphia, USA Spectrum Tesla Pardubice Philadelphia Flyers 1–6
December 28, 1977 Vancouver, Canada Pacific Coliseum Spartak Moscow Vancouver Canucks 0–2
Bloomington, USA Met Center Tesla Pardubice Minnesota North Stars 4–2
December 31, 1977 Chicago, USA Chicago Stadium Poldi Kladno Chicago Black Hawks 6–4
January 2, 1978 Toronto, Canada Maple Leaf Gardens Poldi Kladno Toronto Maple Leafs 8–5
Detroit, USA Detroit Olympia Tesla Pardubice Detroit Red Wings 4–5
January 3, 1978 Denver, USA McNichols Sports Arena Spartak Moscow Colorado Rockies 8–3
January 4, 1978 Richfield, USA Richfield Coliseum Poldi Kladno Cleveland Barons 3–4
Uniondale, USA Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Tesla Pardubice New York Islanders 3–8 9,437
January 5, 1978 St. Louis, USA Checkerdome Spartak Moscow St. Louis Blues 2–1
January 6, 1978 Montreal, Canada Montreal Forum Spartak Moscow Montreal Canadiens 2–5
January 8, 1978 Atlanta, USA Omni Coliseum 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 Arenas Team Team Score
December 31, 1978 Bloomington, USA Metropolitan Sports Center Krylya Sovetov Minnesota North Stars 8–5
January 2, 1979 Philadelphia, USA Spectrum Krylya Sovetov Philadelphia Flyers 4–4
January 4, 1979 Detroit, USA Detroit Olympia Detroit Red Wings 5–6
January 9, 1979 Boston, USA Boston Garden Krylya Sovetov Boston Bruins 4–1

1979 Challenge Cup

The 1979 Challenge Cup was a series of international ice hockey games between the Soviet Union national ice hockey team and a team of All-Stars from the National Hockey League. The games were played on February 8, 10, and 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It replaced the NHL's all-star festivities for the 1978–79 NHL season. The Soviets defeated the NHL All-Stars 2 games to 1.

Date City Arena Team Team Score Attendance
February 8, 1979 New York, USA Madison Square Garden NHL All-Stars Soviet Union 4–2 17,438
February 10, 1979 Soviet Union NHL All-Stars 5–4 17,438
February 11, 1979 6–0 17,545

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 US 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 Arena Team Team Score Attendance
December 26, 1979 Vancouver, Canada Pacific Coliseum Dynamo Moscow Vancouver Canucks 2–6
December 27, 1979 New York, USA Madison Square Garden CSKA Moscow New York Rangers 5–2 17,429
December 29, 1979 Uniondale, USA Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum New York Islanders 3–2
December 31, 1979 Montreal, Canada Montreal Forum CSKA Moscow Montreal Canadiens 2–4 17,000
January 2, 1980 Winnipeg, Canada Winnipeg Arena Dynamo Moscow Winnipeg Jets 7–0
January 3, 1980 Buffalo, USA Buffalo Memorial Auditorium CSKA Moscow Buffalo Sabres 1–6
January 4, 1980 Edmonton, Canada Northlands Coliseum Dynamo Moscow Edmonton Oilers 4–1
January 6, 1980 Quebec City, Canada Colisée de Québec CSKA Moscow Quebec Nordiques 6–4
January 8, 1980 Landover, USA Capital Centre Dynamo Moscow Washington Capitals 5–5

1980 DN-Cup

In 1980, the Minnesota North Stars and the Washington Capitals participated in the DN-Cup, a round-robin tournament in Sweden sponsored by the newspaper Dagens Nyheter, with Swedish teams AIK and Djurgården from Stockholm. Six games were played in total, five involving the NHL teams (AIK beat Djurgården 1–0 on September 21, attendance: 2,668). Washington won the tournament with a 3–0–0 record, Minnesota finished second with 2–1–0, AIK finished third and Djurgården last.

Date City Arena Team Team Score Attendance
September 22 Stockholm, Sweden Johanneshovs Isstadion Washington Capitals Minnesota North Stars 4–3 2OT 4,288
September 23 Minnesota North Stars Djurgården Stockholm 8–0 3,663
September 24 Washington Capitals AIK Stockholm 2–1 4,104
September 25 Minnesota North Stars AIK Stockholm 4–3 2,895
September 26 Washington Capitals Djurgården Stockholm 3–2 5,873

1981 DN-Cup

In 1981, the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals participated in the round-robin DN-Cup in Sweden with Swedish teams Västra Frölunda, AIK, and Djurgården. The New York won the tournament with a 4–0–0 record, ahead of AIK, Västra Frölunda, Washington (1–3–0) and Djurgården. The list of DN-Cup games excludes three games played without NHL participation.[Note 1]

Each NHL team played an additional game in Finland, against HIFK and Oulun Kärpät. In total, the NHL teams posted a record of 5–3–0 against the European teams, New York finished 3–1–0, Washington 2–2–0 (excluding the NHL-only game).

DN-Cup

Date City Arena Team Team Score Attendance
September 17 Stockholm, Sweden Johanneshovs Isstadion New York Rangers Djurgården Stockholm 5–1 6,652
Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavium Washington Capitals Västra Frölunda Gothenburg 4–7 1,392
September 18 Stockholm, Sweden Johanneshovs Isstadion AIK Stockholm 1–6 3,000
September 20 Södertälje, Sweden Scaniarinken New York Rangers Washington Capitals 4–1 5,658
September 22 Stockholm, Sweden Johanneshovs Isstadion Washington Capitals Djurgården Stockholm 5–2 2,734
Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavium New York Rangers Västra Frölunda Gothenburg 7–1 3,087
September 23 Stockholm, Sweden Johanneshovs Isstadion New York Rangers AIK Stockholm 4–1 9,167

Other games

Date City Arena Team Team Score Attendance
September 16 Helsinki, Finland Helsinki Ice Hall New York Rangers HIFK Helsinki 1–4
September 24 Oulu, Finland Raksilan jäähalli Washington Capitals Oulun Kärpät 5–3
  1. ^ September 18, Gothenburg (Scandinavium), Västra Frölunda – Djurgården 5–4, attendance: 719.
    September 20, Stockholm (Johanneshovs Isstadion), Djurgården – AIK 4–2, attendance: 4,459.
    September 21, Gothenburg (Scandinavium), Västra Frölunda – AIK 0–5, attendance: 806.

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 US and Canada. The USSR team won the series with a 4–2–0 record.

Date City Arena Team Team Score
December 28, 1982 Edmonton, Canada Northlands Coliseum Soviet Union Edmonton Oilers 3–4
December 30, 1982 Quebec City, Canada Colisée de Québec Soviet Union Quebec Nordiques 3–0
December 31, 1982 Montreal, Canada Montreal Forum Montreal Canadiens 5–0
January 2, 1983 Calgary, Canada Stampede Corral Soviet Union Calgary Flames 2–3
January 4, 1983 Bloomington, USA Met Center Soviet Union Minnesota North Stars 6–3
January 6, 1983 Philadelphia, USA Spectrum 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 US 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 Arena Team Team Score Attendance
December 26, 1985 Inglewood, USA The Forum CSKA Moscow Los Angeles Kings 5–2 16,005
December 27, 1985 Edmonton, Canada Northlands Coliseum Edmonton Oilers 6–3 17,498
December 29, 1985 Quebec City, Canada Colisée de Québec CSKA Moscow Quebec Nordiques 1–5
December 29, 1985 Calgary, Canada Olympic Saddledome Dynamo Moscow Calgary Flames 3–4
December 31, 1985 Montreal, Canada Montreal Forum CSKA Moscow Montreal Canadiens 6–1
January 2, 1986 St. Louis, USA St. Louis Arena St. Louis Blues 4–2
January 4, 1986 Bloomington, USA Met Center Minnesota North Stars 4–3 (OT)
January 4, 1986 Pittsburgh, USA Civic Arena Dynamo Moscow Pittsburgh Penguins 3–3 16,033
January 6, 1986 Boston, USA Boston Garden Dynamo Moscow Boston Bruins 6–4
January 8, 1986 Buffalo, USA Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Buffalo Sabres 7–4

Rendez-vous '87

Rendez-vous '87 was a series of international ice hockey games between the Soviet Union national ice hockey team and a team of All-Stars from the National Hockey League. The games were played on February 11 and 13 at Le Colisée in Quebec City. It replaced the NHL's all-star festivities for the 1986–87 NHL season. Both teams won one of the two games, with the Soviets winning overall on total score, 8–7.

Date City Arena Team Team Score Attendance
February 11, 1987 Quebec City, Canada Colisée de Québec Soviet Union NHL All-Stars 3–4 15,398
February 13, 1987 Soviet Union NHL All-Stars 5–3 15,395

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 US 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 Arena Team Team Score
December 26, 1988 Quebec City, Canada Colisée de Québec CSKA Moscow Quebec Nordiques 5–5
December 27, 1988 Calgary, Canada Olympic Saddledome Dinamo Riga Calgary Flames 2–2
December 28, 1988 Edmonton, Canada Northlands Coliseum Edmonton Oilers 1–2
December 29, 1988 Uniondale, USA Nassau Coliseum CSKA Moscow New York Islanders 3–2
December 30, 1988 Vancouver, Canada Pacific Coliseum Dinamo Riga Vancouver Canucks 1–6
December 31, 1988 Boston, USA Boston Garden CSKA Moscow Boston Bruins 5–4
Inglewood, USA Great Western Forum Dinamo Riga Los Angeles Kings 5–3
January 2, 1989 East Rutherford, USA Brendan Byrne Arena CSKA Moscow New Jersey Devils 5–0
January 4, 1989 Pittsburgh, USA Civic Arena CSKA Moscow Pittsburgh Penguins 2–4
Chicago, USA Chicago Stadium Dinamo Riga Chicago Blackhawks 1–4
January 5, 1989 St. Louis, USA St. Louis Arena St. Louis Blues 0–5
January 7, 1989 Bloomington, USA Met Center Dinamo Riga Minnesota North Stars 2–1
Hartford, USA Hartford Civic Center CSKA Moscow Hartford Whalers 6–3
January 9, 1989 Buffalo, USA Buffalo Memorial Auditorium CSKA Moscow Buffalo Sabres 5–6 (OT)

1989 Friendship 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 Arena Team Team Score Attendance
September 10 Prague, Czechoslovakia Sportovní hala ČSTV Calgary Flames Czechoslovakia 2–4
September 11 1–4
September 12 Karlstad, Sweden Washington Capitals Färjestad BK 4–7
September 13 Gävle, Sweden Washington Capitals Brynäs IF 3–1
September 14 Leningrad, USSR V. I. Lenin Sport & Concert Complex Calgary Flames Khimik Voskresensk 4–2 14,000
September 15 Moscow, USSR Luzhniki Palace of Sports Washington Capitals Spartak Moscow 8–7 (OT) 10,000
September 16 Kiev, USSR Palace of Sports Calgary Flames Sokol Kiev 5–2 6,900
September 17 Moscow, USSR Luzhniki Palace of Sports Washington Capitals Dynamo Moscow 2–7 8,700
September 18 Calgary Flames Krylya Sovetov Moscow 3–2 (OT) 6,000
September 19 Riga, USSR Palace of Sports Washington Capitals Dinamo Riga 2–1 (OT) 5,000
September 20 Moscow, USSR Luzniki Palace of Sports Calgary Flames CSKA Moscow 1–2 12,000
September 21 Leningrad, USSR V. I. Lenin Sport & Concert Complex Washington Capitals SKA Leningrad 5–4 8,500

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 US and Canada. The Soviet teams won the series with a record of 11–9–1. Individually, CSKA had 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 Arena Team Team Score
December 4, 1989 Inglewood, USA Great Western Forum Khimik Voskresensk Los Angeles Kings 6–3
December 6, 1989 Edmonton, Canada Northlands Coliseum Khimik Voskresensk Edmonton Oilers 2–6
December 8, 1989 Calgary, Canada Olympic Saddledome Calgary Flames 3–6
December 11, 1989 Detroit, USA Joe Louis Arena Khimik Voskresensk Detroit Red Wings 4–2
December 12, 1989 Landover, USA Capital Centre Khimik Voskresensk Washington Capitals 2–5
December 14, 1989 St. Louis, USA St. Louis Arena Khimik Voskresensk St. Louis Blues 6–3
December 26, 1989 Uniondale, USA Nassau Coliseum Krylya Sovetov Moscow New York Islanders 4–5
December 27, 1989 Hartford, USA Hartford Civic Center Hartford Whalers 3–4 (OT)
Winnipeg, Canada Winnipeg Arena CSKA Moscow Winnipeg Jets 1–4
December 29, 1989 Pittsburgh, USA Civic Arena Dynamo Moscow Pittsburgh Penguins 5–2
Vancouver, Canada Pacific Coliseum CSKA Moscow Vancouver Canucks 6–0
December 31, 1989 Quebec City, Canada Colisée de Québec Krylya Sovetov Moscow Quebec Nordiques 4–4
Toronto, Canada Maple Leaf Gardens Dynamo Moscow Toronto Maple Leafs 7–4
January 1, 1990 New York, USA Madison Square Garden Krylya Sovetov Moscow New York Rangers 3–1
January 2, 1990 Bloomington, USA Met Center CSKA Moscow Minnesota North Stars 4–2
January 3, 1990 Montreal, Canada Montreal Forum Krylya Sovetov Moscow Montreal Canadiens 1–2
January 3, 1990 Buffalo, USA Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Dynamo Moscow Buffalo Sabres 2–4
January 6, 1990 East Rutherford, USA Brendan Byrne Arena New Jersey Devils 1–7
January 7, 1990 Chicago, USA Chicago Stadium CSKA Moscow Chicago Blackhawks 6–4
January 9, 1990 Philadelphia, USA Spectrum Philadelphia Flyers 5–4
January 9, 1990 Boston, USA Boston Garden 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 the Epson Cup played in Düsseldorf with hosts Düsseldorfer EG. The Oilers then played two more games against EC Graz of Austria, and EC Hedos Munich of Germany. The NHL teams posted a record of 4–0–0, excluding the NHL-only game.

Date City Arena Team Team Score Attendance
September 6 Düsseldorf, West Germany Eisstadion an der Brehmstraße St. Louis Blues Düsseldorfer EG 3–1 5,800
September 7 St. Louis Blues Edmonton Oilers 10–1 5,000
September 8 Edmonton Oilers Düsseldorfer EG 2–0 8,125
September 14 Graz, Austria Eisstadion Liebenau Edmonton Oilers EC Graz 12–3 5,000
September 15 Munich, West Germany Olympia-Eissportzentrum Edmonton Oilers EC Hedos Munich 8–4 6,300

1990 Friendship Tour

In 1990, the Minnesota North Stars and the Montreal Canadiens went on a nine-game tour of Europe, dubbed the Friendship Tour '90, with a game in Sweden against AIK, and the rest in the USSR against CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Khimik Voskresensk, Krylya Sovetov Moscow, a SKA Leningrad/Torpedo Yaroslavl joint squad, Sokol Kiev, Spartak Moscow, and Latvian (the country declared its independence from the USSR on 4 May) team Dinamo Riga. 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.

For the game in Sweden, the NHL had required the Canadiens to wear generic orange jerseys with the NHL shield, but backed off when the organisation was uncooperative.

Date City Arena Team Team Score Attendance
September 10 Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena Montreal Canadiens AIK Stockholm 7–1 8,658
September 12 Leningrad, USSR Yubileyny Sports Palace SKA Leningrad/Torpedo Yaroslavl 5–3 6,500 or 7,000
September 13 Moscow, USSR Luzhniki Palace of Sports Minnesota North Stars Spartak Moscow 5–8 7,000
September 14 Riga, Latvia Palace of Sports Montreal Canadiens Dinamo Riga 4–2 5,500 or 5,000
September 15 Moscow, USSR Luzhniki Palace of Sports Minnesota North Stars Krylya Sovetov Moscow 2–3 (OT) 3,500
September 16 Montreal Canadiens Dynamo Moscow 1–4 10,000
September 17 Voskresensk, USSR Podmoskovie Ice Palace Minnesota North Stars Khimik Voskresensk 3–2 3,000
September 18 Moscow, USSR Luzhniki Palace of Sports Montreal Canadiens CSKA Moscow 2–3 (OT) 10,000
September 19 Kiev, USSR Palace of Sports Minnesota North Stars Sokol Kiev 0–5 4,000

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 US 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 Arena Team Team Score
December 3, 1990 Inglewood, USA Great Western Forum Khimik Voskresensk Los Angeles Kings 1–5
December 5, 1990 St. Louis, USA St. Louis Arena St. Louis Blues 2–4
December 8, 1990 Uniondale, USA Nassau Coliseum New York Islanders 2–2
December 10, 1990 Montreal, Canada Montreal Forum Khimik Voskresensk Montreal Canadiens 6–3
December 12, 1990 Buffalo, USA Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Buffalo Sabres 5–4 (OT)
December 16, 1990 Boston, USA Boston Garden Boston Bruins 5–2
December 18, 1990 Bloomington, USA Met Center Khimik Voskresensk Minnesota North Stars 4–6
December 26, 1990 Detroit, USA Joe Louis Arena CSKA Moscow Detroit Red Wings 5–2
December 31, 1990 New York, USA Madison Square Garden New York Rangers 6–1
January 1, 1991 Toronto, Canada Maple Leaf Gardens Dynamo Moscow Toronto Maple Leafs 4–7
Chicago, USA Chicago Stadium CSKA Moscow Chicago Blackhawks 4–2
January 3, 1991 Hartford, USA Hartford Civic Center Dynamo Moscow Hartford Whalers 0–0
January 4, 1991 Calgary, Canada Olympic Saddledome CSKA Moscow Calgary Flames 6–4
January 6, 1991 East Rutherford, USA Brendan Byrne Arena Dynamo Moscow New Jersey Devils 2–2
Edmonton, Canada Northlands Coliseum CSKA Moscow Edmonton Oilers 2–4
January 8, 1991 Landover, USA Capital Centre Dynamo Moscow Washington Capitals 2–3
January 9, 1991 Winnipeg, Canada Winnipeg Arena CSKA Moscow Winnipeg Jets 6–4
January 10, 1991 Philadelphia, USA Spectrum Dynamo Moscow Philadelphia Flyers 4–1
January 12, 1991 Pittsburgh, USA Civic Arena Pittsburgh Penguins 4–3
January 13, 1991 Vancouver, Canada Pacific Coliseum CSKA Moscow Vancouver Canucks 4–3 (OT)
January 15, 1991 Quebec City, Canada Colisée de Québec 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 Arena Team Team Score
September 12 London, United Kingdom Wembley Arena Chicago Blackhawks Montreal Canadiens 2–3
September 13 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 Arena Team Team Score
September 11 London, United Kingdom Wembley Arena Toronto Maple Leafs New York Rangers 3–5
September 12 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 Arena Team Team Score
September 9 Helsinki, Finland Helsinki Ice Hall Winnipeg Jets Tappara Tampere 8–2
September 11 HIFK Helsinki 5–3

Ninety Nine All Stars Tour

During the 1994–95 NHL lockout, Wayne Gretzky formed a team called the Ninety Nine All Stars to play a tour of exhibition games across Europe against various European club teams, in order to stay in game shape and raise money for charity.

Date City Arena Team Team Score
December 1 Auburn Hills, USA The Palace of Auburn Hills Ninety Nine All Stars Detroit Vipers 3–4
December 3 Helsinki, Finland Helsinki Ice Hall Ninety Nine All Stars Jokerit 7–1
December 4 Tampere, Finland Tampere Ice Stadium Ninety Nine All Stars Ilves 3–4 (OT)
December 6 Oslo, Norway Ninety Nine All Stars Norwegian Spectrum All Stars 6–3
December 9 Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena Ninety Nine All Stars Djurgårdens IF 8–3
December 10 Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavium Ninety Nine All Stars Västra Frölunda HC 5–2
December 12 Malmö, Sweden Malmö Isstadion Ninety Nine All Stars Malmö IF 5–6 (OT)
December 14 Freiburg, Germany Ninety Nine All Stars German All Stars 8–5

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 Arena Team Team Score
September 15 Klagenfurt, Austria Vorarlberghalle Tampa Bay Lightning VEU Feldkirch 4–1
September 16 Stadthalle Buffalo Sabres KAC Klagenfurt 5–1
September 18 Innsbruck, Austria Olympiahalle Tampa Bay Lightning Buffalo Sabres 5–1

2000 NHL Challenge

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

Date City Arena Team Team Score
September 13 Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena Vancouver Canucks MoDo Örnsköldsvik 5–2
September 15 Djurgården Stockholm 2–1 (OT)

2001 NHL Challenge

In 2001, the Colorado Avalanche played a single game in Sweden against the Swedish team Brynäs Gävle. 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 Arena Team Team Score
September 16 Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena Colorado Avalanche Brynäs Gävle 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 Djurgården Stockholm and Färjestad Karlstad. The Maple Leafs won all games.

Date City Arena Team Team Score
September 16 Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Areena Toronto Maple Leafs Jokerit Helsinki 5–3
September 18 Stockholm, Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena Djurgården Stockholm 9–2
September 19 Färjestad Karlstad 3–0

2004–05 season NHL Worldstars

During the 2004–2005 NHL labour dispute, the NHL Worldstars team played.

Date City Arena Team Team Score
December 9, 2004 Riga, Latvia Rigas Sporta Pils HK Riga 2000 NHL Worldstars 2–4
December 12, 2004 Saint Petersburg, Russia Ice Palace HV71 4–7 (1–2 SO)
December 17, 2004 Jönköping, Sweden Kinnarps Arena HV71 1–5

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 that counting towards the 2007–08 regular season. 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 Färjestad Karlstad, winning both.

Date City Arena Team Team Score
September 25 Salzburg, Austria Eisarena Salzburg Los Angeles Kings Red Bull Salzburg 7–6
September 26 Färjestad Karlstad 3–2
September 29† London, United Kingdom The O2 Arena Anaheim Ducks Los Angeles Kings 1–4
September 30† Los Angeles Kings Anaheim Ducks 1–4

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 2008–09 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 Arena Team Team Score
September 28 Berlin, Germany O2 World Tampa Bay Lightning Eisbären Berlin 4–1
September 30 Bern, Switzerland PostFinance Arena New York Rangers SC Bern 8–1
September 30 Bratislava, Slovakia Samsung Aréna Tampa Bay Lightning Slovan Bratislava 3–2 (SO)
October 1 Bern, Switzerland PostFinance Arena New York Rangers Metallurg Magnitogorsk 4–3
October 2 Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Areena Pittsburgh Penguins Jokerit Helsinki 4–1
Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavium Ottawa Senators Frölunda Gothenburg 4–1
October 4† Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena New York Rangers Tampa Bay Lightning 2–1
Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe Pittsburgh Penguins Ottawa Senators 4–3 (OT)
October 5† Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena Tampa Bay Lightning New York Rangers 1–2
Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe Ottawa Senators Pittsburgh Penguins 3–1

2009 NHL Premiere

In 2009, four teams from the NHL (the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Red Wings, the Florida Panthers, and the St. Louis Blues) opened their 2009–10 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 Arena Team Team Score
September 28 Tampere, Finland Tampere Ice Stadium Florida Panthers Tappara Tampere 2–3 (SO)
Zürich, Switzerland Hallenstadion Chicago Blackhawks HC Davos 9–2
September 29 Linköping, Sweden Cloetta Center St. Louis Blues Linköpings HC 6–0
Zürich, Switzerland Hallenstadion Chicago Blackhawks ZSC Lions 1–2
September 30 Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Areena Florida Panthers Jokerit Helsinki 4–2
Karlstad, Sweden Löfbergs Lila Arena Detroit Red Wings Färjestad BK 6–2
October 2† Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Areena Florida Panthers Chicago Blackhawks 4–3 (SO)
Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe Detroit Red Wings St. Louis Blues 3–4
October 3† Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Areena Chicago Blackhawks Florida Panthers 4–0
Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe St. Louis Blues Detroit Red Wings 5–3

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 2010–11 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 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 Arena Team Team Score
October 2 Mannheim, Germany SAP Arena San Jose Sharks Adler Mannheim 3–2 (SO)
Belfast, United Kingdom Odyssey Centre Boston Bruins Belfast Giants Selects 5–1
October 4 Saint Petersburg, Russia Ice Palace Carolina Hurricanes SKA Saint Petersburg 3–5
Tampere, Finland Tampere Ice Stadium Minnesota Wild Ilves Tampere 5–1
October 5 Liberec, Czech Republic Tipsport Arena Boston Bruins HC Bílí Tygři Liberec 7–1
Malmö, Sweden Malmö Arena Columbus Blue Jackets Malmö Redhawks 4–1
October 6 Riga, Latvia Arena Riga Phoenix Coyotes Dinamo Riga 3–1
October 7† Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Areena Carolina Hurricanes Minnesota Wild 4–3
October 8† Minnesota Wild Carolina Hurricanes 2–1 (SO)
Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe San Jose Sharks Columbus Blue Jackets 3–2
October 9† Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena Phoenix Coyotes Boston Bruins 5–2
Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe Columbus Blue Jackets San Jose Sharks 3–2 (OT)
October 10† Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena 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 preseason schedule. 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.

Date City Arena Team Team Score
September 29 Prague, Czech Republic Tesla Arena New York Rangers HC Sparta Prague 2–0
September 30 Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavium Frölunda Gothenburg 4–2
October 2 Bratislava, Slovakia Slovnaft Arena Slovan Bratislava 4–1
October 3 Zug, Switzerland Bossard Arena New York Rangers EV Zug 4–8
October 4 Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Areena Anaheim Ducks Jokerit Helsinki 4–3 (OT)
Hamburg, Germany O2 World Los Angeles Kings Hamburg Freezers 5–4
Mannheim, Germany SAP Arena Buffalo Sabres Adler Mannheim 8–3
October 7† Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Areena Anaheim Ducks Buffalo Sabres 1–4
Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe New York Rangers Los Angeles Kings 2–3 (OT)
October 8† New York Rangers Anaheim Ducks 1–2 (SO)
Berlin, Germany O2 World Buffalo Sabres Los Angeles Kings 4–2

2017 NHL Global Series

On March 24, 2017, the NHL announced the return of regular season games played outside North America in a new event called the NHL Global Series. The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators played two regular season games at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden on November 10 and 11, 2017 five days after the trade for Matt Duchene. Unlike the previous regular-season series played in Europe by the NHL, these games were played a month into the regular season rather than the start of it.

Date City Arena Team Team Score
November 10† Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe Ottawa Senators Colorado Avalanche 4–3 (OT)
November 11† Colorado Avalanche Ottawa Senators 3–4

2018 NHL Global Series

On March 26, 2018, the NHL announced the 2018 slate of NHL Global Series games. The New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers played their regular season opening game in Sweden on October 6, preceded by two exhibition games against European teams. The Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets then played two regular season games in Finland on November 1 and 2.

Date City Arena Team Team Score
October 1 Bern, Switzerland PostFinance Arena New Jersey Devils SC Bern 3–2 (OT)
October 3 Cologne, Germany Lanxess Arena Edmonton Oilers Kölner Haie 4–3 (OT)
October 6† Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavium Edmonton Oilers New Jersey Devils 2–5
November 1† Helsinki, Finland Hartwall Arena Florida Panthers Winnipeg Jets 2–4
November 2† Winnipeg Jets Florida Panthers 2–4

2019 NHL Global Series

On March 21, 2019, the NHL announced the 2019 lineup of hockey games in Europe. The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers played their regular season opening game in Prague on October 4, preceded by two exhibition games against European teams. The Blackhawks played Eisbären Berlin on September 29 in Berlin and the Flyers played Lausanne HC in Lausanne on September 30. The Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning then played two regular season games in Sweden on November 8 and 9.

Date City Arena Team Team Score
September 29 Berlin, Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena Chicago Blackhawks Eisbären Berlin 3–1
September 30 Lausanne, Switzerland Vaudoise Aréna Philadelphia Flyers Lausanne HC 3–4
October 4† Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena Chicago Blackhawks Philadelphia Flyers 3–4
November 8† Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe Tampa Bay Lightning Buffalo Sabres 3–2
November 9† Buffalo Sabres Tampa Bay Lightning 3–5

2022 NHL Global Series

Nokia Arena in Tampere, after the first match of 2022 NHL Global Series between Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets

After a two-year hiatus, the Global Series returned for 2022. The slate of games was revealed on April 22.

The Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks began the 2022–23 season with two games in Prague. Both teams had preseason games against SC Bern and Eisbären Berlin. The Columbus Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche had games in Tampere.

Date City Arena Team Team Score
October 3 Bern, Switzerland PostFinance Arena Nashville Predators SC Bern 4–3
October 4 Berlin, Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena San Jose Sharks Eisbären Berlin 3–1
October 7† Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena San Jose Sharks Nashville Predators 1–4
October 8† Nashville Predators San Jose Sharks 3–2
November 4† Tampere, Finland Nokia Arena Columbus Blue Jackets Colorado Avalanche 6–3
November 5† Colorado Avalanche Columbus Blue Jackets 5–1

2023 NHL Global Series Sweden

On April 26, 2023, the NHL announced that the Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs would contest four regular season games at Avicii Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on four consecutive days, November 16–19, 2023, as part of the 2023 NHL Global Series Sweden.

Date City Arena Team Team Score
November 16† Stockholm, Sweden Avicii Arena Detroit Red Wings Ottawa Senators 4–5 (OT)
November 17† Toronto Maple Leafs Detroit Red Wings 3–2
November 18† Minnesota Wild Ottawa Senators 1–2 (SO)
November 19† Toronto Maple Leafs Minnesota Wild 4–3 (OT)

2024 NHL Global Series

On March 12, 2024, the NHL announced that the Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers, and Dallas Stars would contest four regular season games in Europe, with the Sabres and Devils opening the season on October 4–5 at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic and the Panthers and Stars playing at Nokia Arena in Tampere, Finland on November 1–2 as part of the 2024 NHL Global Series. In addition, the Sabres will play a preseason game on September 27 in Munich, Germany against EHC Red Bull München at their new arena, SAP Garden.

Date City Arena Team Team Score
September 27 Munich, Germany SAP Garden Buffalo Sabres EHC Red Bull München
October 4† Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena Buffalo Sabres New Jersey Devils
October 5† Buffalo Sabres New Jersey Devils
November 1† Tampere, Finland Nokia Arena Dallas Stars Florida Panthers
November 2† Dallas Stars Florida Panthers

Japan

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 Arena Team Team Score
April 14 Sapporo, Japan Kansas City Scouts Washington Capitals 2–5
April 15 Washington Capitals Kansas City Scouts 6–2
April 17 Tokyo, Japan Yoyogi National Gymnasium Kansas City Scouts Washington Capitals 2–6
April 18 Kansas City Scouts Washington Capitals 4–2

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 Arena Team Team Score
October 3† Tokyo, Japan Yoyogi National Gymnasium Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Vancouver Canucks 2–3
October 4† Vancouver Canucks Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 2–3

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 Arena Team Team Score
October 9† Tokyo, Japan Yoyogi National Gymnasium San Jose Sharks Calgary Flames 3–3
October 10† Calgary Flames San Jose Sharks 5–3

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 Arena Team Team Score
October 6† Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena Nashville Predators Pittsburgh Penguins 3–1
October 7† Pittsburgh Penguins Nashville Predators 3–1

China

2017 NHL China Games

NHL China Games
Simplified ChineseNHL中国运动会
Traditional ChineseNHL中國運動會
China Games
Simplified Chinese中国赛
Traditional Chinese中國賽
Literal meaningChinese race

On March 29, 2017, the NHL announced that the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks would play two exhibition games in China in a new event called the NHL China Games. Both teams faced each other in Shanghai, on September 21, 2017, and then in Beijing, on September 23. This was the first time NHL teams played in China.

Date City Arena Team Team Score
September 21 Shanghai, China Mercedes-Benz Arena Vancouver Canucks Los Angeles Kings 2–5
September 23 Beijing, China Cadillac Arena Los Angeles Kings Vancouver Canucks 4–3 (SO)

2018 NHL China Games

On May 2, 2018, the NHL announced that the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames would play two exhibition games in China for the second consecutive year. Both teams faced each other in Shenzhen on September 15, and then in Beijing on September 19.

Date City Arena Team Team Score
September 15 Shenzhen, China Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre Boston Bruins Calgary Flames 4–3 (SO)
September 19 Beijing, China Cadillac Arena Calgary Flames Boston Bruins 1–3

Puerto Rico

2006 Florida Panthers–New York Rangers Puerto Rican game

In 2006, as part of the preseason for the 2006–07 NHL season, the Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers played an exhibition game at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Rangers won the game.

Date City Arena Team Team Score
September 23 San Juan, Puerto Rico Coliseo de Puerto Rico Florida Panthers New York Rangers 2–3

Australia

2023 NHL Global Series Melbourne

On April 12, 2023, the NHL announced that the Los Angeles Kings and the Arizona Coyotes would contest two preseason games at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia on September 23–24, 2023, as part of the 2023 NHL Global Series Melbourne.

Date City Arena Team Team Score
September 23 Melbourne, Australia Rod Laver Arena Los Angeles Kings Arizona Coyotes 3–5
September 24 Arizona Coyotes Los Angeles Kings 2–3

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