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Rangers European exhibition schedule includes game against HC Slovan in Bratislava, Slovakia, Oct. 2 @NHL
NEW YORK/TORONTO -- The New York Rangers will play an exhibition game in Bratislava, Slovakia, against HC Slovan at SLOVNAFT Arena, on Sunday, Oct. 2, as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge. Face off will be 5 p.m. local time/11 a.m. ET

"HC Slovan Bratislava is proud to welcome one of the classiest NHL organizations to our arena at the beginning of the new season," said Maros Krajci, general manager of HC Slovan. "Next season is an historic one in Bratislava, as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of playing hockey in our city."

In 2008, HC Slovan hosted an NHL exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Vincent Lecavalier scored a power play goal early in the third period to tie the score a 2-2, with the Lightning prevailing 3-2 after a shootout. Bratislava recently completed a successful experience as host of the 2011 IIHF World Championships.
For the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge, the Rangers will play a total of four exhibition games in Europe:
  • Sept. 29 - HC Sparta Prague at TESLA Arena in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Sept. 30 - Frolunda Indians at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Oct. 2 - HC Slovan at SLOVNAFT Arena in Bratislava
  • Oct. 3 - EV Zug at Bossard Arena in Zug, Switzerland
The Rangers will open their 2011-12 NHL regular season by playing two games at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, Oct. 7 against the Los Angeles Kings and Saturday, Oct. 8 against the Anaheim Ducks. 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere™ marks a record fifth consecutive season the NHL will be playing regular-season games in Europe. NHL teams will play a total of four games in three different European capital cities -- Berlin, Stockholm and Helsinki -- Oct. 7-8, 2011. By the end of 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere™, 17 NHL teams -- over half of the NHL -- will have played regular-season and exhibition games in Europe since 2007.

2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge & Premiere Games schedule
Exhibition games
Date Game Time (ET) Game Location
Thu, Sept 29 1:00 PM NY Rangers vs Sparta Prague Prague, Czech Republic
Fri, Sept 30 1:00 PM NY Rangers vs Frolunda Indians Gothenburg, Sweden
Sun, Oct 2 11:00 AM NY Rangers vs HC Slovan Bratislava, Slovakia
Mon, Oct 3 2:00 PM NY Rangers vs EV Zug Zug, Switzerland
Tue, Oct 4 12:00 PM Anaheim Ducks vs Jokerit Helsinki, Finland
Tue, Oct 4 1:00 PM Los Angeles Kings vs Hamburg Freezers Hamburg, Germany
Tue, Oct 4 12:30 PM Buffalo Sabres vs Adler Mannheim Mannheim, Germany
Regular season games
Date Game Time (ET) Game Location
Fri, Oct 7 1:00 PM NY Rangers vs Los Angeles Kings Stockholm, Sweden
Fri, Oct 7 1:00 PM Anaheim Ducks vs Buffalo Sabres Helsinki, Finland
Sat, Oct 8 1:00 PM NY Rangers vs Anaheim Ducks Stockholm, Sweden
Sat, Oct 8 2:00 PM Buffalo Sabres vs Los Angeles Kings Berlin, Germany

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