The San Jose Sharks announced Friday that they will play their final 2010 preseason game in Mannheim, Germany, as part of the Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge. The Sharks will face the Adler Mannheim Eagles at SAP Arena on Oct. 2.
Germany is the first stop on the Sharks trip to Europe for the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere. They will open the 2010-11 NHL regular season against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on Oct. 8 and 9.
The NHL is sending a record six clubs to Europe for to open the season, including the Carolina Hurricanes, who are scheduled to play in St. Petersburg, Russia, against SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League on Oct. 4 prior to going to Helsinki to open the season against the Minnesota Wild.
Former Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov recently signed a contract to play with SKA St. Petersburg. Sergei Zubov, Sergei Brylin and Alexei Yashin are among the other former NHL players on St. Petersburg's roster.
The Boston Bruins, who will open the season in Prague against the Phoenix Coyotes, have also announced they will play their final exhibition game in Belfast, Ireland, on Oct. 2. The Coyotes will play in Latvia against the KHL's Dinamo Riga on Oct. 6.
The Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge will mark the first time in 20 years that NHL teams will play games in Russia or Latvia.