Madame Zhao Yan is the chairman and executive director of Bloomage BioTechnology Corporation and owns Cadillac Arena, where the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames played on Wednesday in the second game of the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games. Bloomage International has partnered with the NHL and O.R.G. Packaging to put on the NHL China Games during the past two preseasons. Through a translator, Madame Zhao sat down with NHL.com for an interview before the game on Wednesday to discuss the partnership and the future of the NHL in China.
BEIJING -- Their bags were packed, their souvenirs and memories tucked away. There was one more game to come in China and then it was off to buses and planes, bound for Boston and Calgary, for the realities of training camp and the NHL season to come.
BEIJING -- For Boston Bruins like Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask and David Pastrnak, the trip to China for the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games has been almost as much about exploring the country -- about the Great Wall of China and the Silk Market -- as it has been about the hockey.
The 2018-19 NHL season begins Oct. 3. With training camps open, NHL.com is taking a look at the five keys, the inside scoop on roster questions, and the projected lines for all 31 teams. Today, the Boston Bruins.
BEIJING -- Suddenly, bodies popped up out of nowhere. Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak, shirt white against the ancient mountains splayed out in the distance, stood on top of a watchtower on the Great Wall of China.
BUFFALO -- When the email came, Libor Suchanek was buried in schoolwork. It was four days before his degree examination, the culmination of eight years of study toward his masters in mechanical engineering. He was happy -- "of course," as he says -- but he couldn't break his focus.
Different anthem, culture, but same game half a world from home
/ NHL.com Staff Writer
SHENZHEN, China -- Jaroslav Halak has heard a lot of national anthems in his time in hockey, including "O, Canada," "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "Nad Tatrou sa blyska," which is the anthem of his native Slovakia.
SHENZHEN, China -- Zhou Yunjie points to his eyes. He explains, in Chinese, that he nearly cried when he met his idol almost two years ago, on a night in Boston that was the culmination of a childhood dream.