The Philadelphia Flyers will open their regular season against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 NHL Global Series at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic on Friday (2 p.m. ET; NHLN, NBCSP, NBCSPCH, NHL.TV).
Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk will detail his experiences on the trip in his own NHL.com blog. Here is van Riemsdyk's third entry:
We had our first full day off here yesterday, so I slept in as long as I could. Me, Brian Elliott and Carter Hart went to this little outdoor food court type of place and got some pancakes. We went back to the hotel for a bit and then me, Hart and Kevin Hayes cruised around town on some scooters for a bit. That was pretty cool. All the cobblestone streets didn't make for the easiest of scooter rides but we were careful and made sure we were all squared away with that.
Then a bunch of us went to the soccer game between Slavia Praha and Borussia Dortmund. That was awesome. It was the first Champions League game I've ever been to and the first European soccer match I've ever been to so that was really fun.
When we showed up with Jakub Voracek, we hopped off the bus and some people recognized him and started cheering pretty loudly.
We sat next to the supporters' section and to see how into it they were, that was definitely something that was a pretty cool experience. They were jumping up and down, had all this stuff organized for the whole game. We stayed for the whole game, and it was a pretty good match even though Praha lost to Dortmund 2-0. But it was a lot of fun.
After dinner I went for ice cream with Hayes and Ivan Provorov and then I called it an early night.
We had a late practice today so after breakfast I just hung out at the hotel for a bit before we came over.
The crowd we had for the open practice was pretty cool. It's all about doing stuff to grow the game and having all the kids in there and all the locals that would never probably guess they'd ever see an NHL practice in their city is pretty cool and pretty special. And it's cool for them to see behind the scenes of that.
But now it's time to turn the page and get ready for the game Friday. A season opener on foreign soil here makes it a lot of fun but it's time to get going. It counts for real now.