The Columbus Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche will face off in a pair of 2020-21 regular season games at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland as part of the 2020 NHL Global Series, the club, National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association announced today. Game dates, as well as broadcast and ticketing information to the 2020 NHL Global Series will be announced at a future date.
"The Columbus Blue Jackets are proud and excited to be participating in next year's NHL Global Series in our 20th season as a member of the National Hockey League," said club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen, a native of Kuopio, Finland and the league's first European-born general manager. "It means a great deal to me personally, knowing how passionate Finnish hockey fans are, to be a part of bringing our team to the place where my NHL dreams began as a young hockey player."
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In addition to Kekalainen, the Blue Jackets have two Finnish players on their current roster: goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and defenseman Markus Nutivaara.
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The 2020 NHL Global Series will mark the second time the Blue Jackets have played regular season games in Europe. Columbus also participated in the 2010 NHL Premiere in Stockholm, Sweden. The club split a pair of games with the San Jose Sharks, falling 3-2 on Oct. 8, 2010 and winning 3-2 in overtime the following night.
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The 2020 NHL Global Series will also feature the Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators opening their seasons with a game at the 02 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. The Blue Jackets-Avalanche matchup in Helsinki will take place later in the fall.