• The Hurricanes and Wild will play two regular-season games against each other at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, on Thursday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 8.
• The Blue Jackets and Sharks will square off for two games at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9.
• The Bruins and Coyotes will play each other at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10.
The 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere games are a signature event for the League, our players and our fans, as playing regular-season games overseas is an excellent way to further engage the passionate NHL fan base in Europe and encourage the growth of the game of hockey.
• The roster of the Carolina Hurricanes currently is comprised of two members of the Finnish Olympic roster, Tuomo Ruutu and Joni Pitkanen, as well as 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff standout Jussi Jokinen.
• The Wild boast three Finnish Olympians of their own in captain Mikko Koivu, All-Star goalie Niklas Backstrom and right wing Antti Miettinen.
• Both the Hurricanes and the Wild will be making their debut outside North America.
• The Blue Jackets will be making their first European appearance in franchise history when they play in Stockholm.
• Columbus has two Swedish Olympians, Fredrik Modin and Sammy Pahlsson, and two other Swedish players in defenseman Anton Stralman and left wing Kristian Huselius.
• The Sharks return overseas for the first time since 1998, where they played a two game series against the Flames in Tokyo.
• Sharks defenseman and Swedish Olympian Douglas Murray is originally from the Stockholm district of Bromma, and newly-acquired Niclas Wallin is also from Sweden.
• The Bruins return to Europe for the first time in 50 years.
• The Bruins roster includes David Krejci, who will represent the Czech Republic in the Olympics, and Vladimir Sobotka.
• The Coyotes roster boasts Czech Olympian Zbynek Michalek and countrymen Petr Prucha, Martin Hanzal, Robert Lang and Radim Vrbata.
• Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic are typically the top ranked countries in terms of overseas visitors to NHL.com.
|Country||NHL.com Visitors (Oct-Dec '09)||% of Pop Share||% of Internet Pop share|
• A higher percentage of overseas visitors consume video, and also watch more videos per visitor than their North American counterparts.
|Country||NHL.com Visitors (Oct-Dec '09)||% who started a video||Videos started per watcher|
NHL PLAYERS – DEMOGRAPHICS 2009-10 SEASON
As of Opening Day for the current 2009-2010 season, 25% of NHL players hailed from outside North America. Sweden, the Czech Republic and Finland are the have the highest representation of players in the NHL for all non-North American countries. The following are the top seven countries represented in the NHL. This does NOT include players with non-roster injured status at the beginning of the season.
|Country||Players||Percent Of League|