The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, in conjunction with the National Hockey League and the Florida Panthers, today announced details about the 2018 NHL Global Series™ games. The Panthers and Jets will face off in a pair of regular-season games at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2, with both games scheduled for 8 p.m. local time (1 p.m. CST). Tickets to the 2018 NHL Global Series™ games between the Jets and Panthers will go on sale on Monday, March 12 at 9 a.m. local time (2 a.m. CST) at https://www.livenation.fi.
Video: PREGAME | Patrik Laine
The Winnipeg Jets, in both the 1.0 and 2.0 versions, share many connections with Finland. Four Finnish-born players have featured for Winnipeg since the Jets returned in 2011, including current players Joel Armia and Patrik Laine. Jets. 1.0 also featured a number of Finns, highlighted by Teemu Selanne and Teppo Numminen. In September 1994, the original Winnipeg Jets played three exhibition games in Finland for the 1994 NHL International Challenge in Finland including games against Selanne's Finnish club Jokerit and Tappara, which was Numminen's former team and is based in Tampere where both Numminen and Patrik Laine hail from.
The 2018 NHL Global Series™ will mark the seventh season the NHL has traveled to Europe to play regular-season games. These games reward the legion of loyal and passionate international fans by featuring some of the NHL's biggest stars and generating interest in the League worldwide. The three games this fall will be the 23rd, 24th and 25th NHL regular-season games played in Europe. The two games between Florida and Winnipeg will mark the fifth and sixth NHL regular-season games played in Finland, all of which have been played at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki.