According to a report by Chris Kuc in the Chicago Tribune on New Year's Day, the Chicago Blackhawks
and Florida Panthers
have been invited to open the 2009-2010 season in Prague, Czech Republic.
Blackhawks President John McDonough said the NHL has invited the Blackhawks to open in Europe, where the team's stable of emerging, young players like Patrick Kane
and Jonathan Toews
will be on display to a European hockey audience.
McDonough told The Tribune, "nothing has been finalized, we'll know sometime in the near future." The paper went on to say sources report the game or games would be played in Prague likely against the Panthers.
The Hawks have played in Europe before, when they took on the Montreal Canadiens
in two preseason games in London in 1992.
This season, the New York Rangers
and Tampa Bay Lightning
opened with two games in Prague, while the Ottawa Senators
and Pittsburgh Penguins
opened the season in Stockholm, Sweden.