Bettman: NHL will return to Europe next 2 years

STOCKHOLM — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league plans to return to Europe for games in the next two years.

Citing huge demand, Bettman said on Friday that the and will open the regular season next year with a game in Prague. The and will play a couple of games in the Finnish capital of Helsinki.

Bettman did not specify dates for the games.

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He added that he is “pretty certain” the NHL will return to Sweden in two years, but he gave no details about the teams involved and venue.

Bettman was talking to reporters before the and play the first of their two games in the Swedish capital of Stockholm.

In October, the beat the 4-3 to open their season in Prague.

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