The NHL is a truly global League with approximately 25% of NHL players born outside of North America. A record six NHL teams will open the 2010-11 NHL regular-season with games in Europe. The 2010-11 season will be the fourth consecutive year the NHL has hosted regular-season games overseas.
• The Boston Bruins
, Carolina Hurricanes
, Columbus Blue Jackets
, Minnesota Wild
, Phoenix Coyotes
and San Jose Sharks
will open the 2010-2011 NHL regular season in Europe.
• The Hurricanes and Wild will play two regular-season games against each other at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, on Thursday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 8.
• The Blue Jackets and Sharks will square off for two games at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9.
• The Bruins and Coyotes will play each other at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10.
The 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere
games are a signature event for the League, our players and our fans, as playing regular-season games overseas is an excellent way to further engage the passionate NHL fan base in Europe and encourage the growth of the game of hockey.
• The six NHL teams playing regular-season games in Europe next season currently have 19 players who are scheduled to return to their native countries.
• The roster of the Carolina Hurricanes
currently is comprised of two members of the Finnish Olympic roster, Tuomo Ruutu
and Joni Pitkanen
, as well as 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff standout Jussi Jokinen
• The Wild boast three Finnish Olympians of their own in captain Mikko Koivu
, All-Star goalie Niklas Backstrom
and right wing Antti Miettinen
• Both the Hurricanes and the Wild will be making their debut outside North America.
• The Blue Jackets will be making their first European appearance in franchise history when they play in Stockholm.
• Columbus has two Swedish Olympians, Fredrik Modin
and Sammy Pahlsson, and two other Swedish players in defenseman Anton Stralman
and left wing Kristian Huselius
• The Sharks return overseas for the first time since 1998, where they played a two game series against the Flames in Tokyo.
• Sharks defenseman and Swedish Olympian Douglas Murray
is originally from the Stockholm district of Bromma, and newly-acquired Niclas Wallin
is also from Sweden.
• The Bruins return to Europe for the first time in 50 years.
• The Bruins roster includes David Krejci
, who will represent the Czech Republic in the Olympics, and Vladimir Sobotka
• The Coyotes roster boasts Czech Olympian Zbynek Michalek
and countrymen Petr Prucha
, Martin Hanzal
, Robert Lang
and Radim Vrbata
• Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic are typically the top ranked countries in terms of overseas visitors to NHL.com.
||NHL.com Visitors (Oct-Dec '09)
||% of Pop Share
||% of Internet Pop share
• A higher percentage of overseas visitors consume video, and also watch more videos per visitor than their North American counterparts.
||NHL.com Visitors (Oct-Dec '09)
||% who started a video
||Videos started per watcher
NHL PLAYERS – DEMOGRAPHICS 2009-10 SEASON
As of Opening Day for the current 2009-2010 season, 25% of NHL players hailed from outside North America. Sweden, the Czech Republic and Finland are the have the highest representation of players in the NHL for all non-North American countries. The following are the top seven countries represented in the NHL. This does NOT include players with non-roster injured status at the beginning of the season.
||Percent Of League