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COYOTES TO PLAY EXHIBITION GAME VERSUS DINAMO RIGA OF THE KONTINENTAL HOCKEY LEAGUE ON OCT. 6 IN LATVIA

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Friday, May 28, 2010

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Phoenix Coyotes will face off against Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) at Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia on Wednesday, Oct. 6 in an exhibition game as part of the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere™ Challenge. The game will be staged by the NHL and NHLPA in cooperation with the KHL, Russia’s top professional league.

Also as part of the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere™ Challenge, the Carolina Hurricanes will play against SKA St. Petersburg at Ledovy Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia on Oct. 4. SKA St. Petersburg and Dinamo Riga both play in the Bobrov Division of the KHL’s Western Conference.

Following these exhibition games, the Coyotes will open their 2010-11 NHL regular season against the Boston Bruins at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes will open their 2010-11 NHL regular season by playing the Minnesota Wild in two games at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena, Thursday, October 7 and Friday, October 8.

The 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere™ Challenge will mark the first time in 20 years that the NHL returns to Russia or Latvia for exhibition games. In September 1989 the Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames conducted a pre-season tour of the Soviet Union which included four games against Soviet National League clubs. Games were played in Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev and Riga. The NHL clubs finished with a combined 6-2 record against the top Soviet teams, including the Red Army club and Dynamo Moscow.

In September 1990, the fabled Montreal Canadiens, one of the League's Original Six franchises, joined the Minnesota North Stars in traveling to the Soviet Union for the "Friendship Tour '90". Again, games were played in Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev and Riga and again they were enthusiastically greeted by the Soviet public. However, this time the Soviet National League teams proved to be stronger, finishing with a 5-3 record against their NHL counterparts.

More information on 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere will be released at a later date, including ticket information, broadcast information, training camp schedules and preseason schedules.
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