The Pittsburgh Penguins leave Saturday for a 10-day trip to Sweden that will feature season-opening games against the Ottawa Senators Oct. 4 and 5 at the Globe Arena in Stockholm. They will be the first NHL regular season games ever played in Sweden.
“The Pittsburgh Penguins organization is proud to help represent the NHL on this historic trip, and our players and coaches are looking forward to a tremendous experience,” said Ray Shero, the team’s executive vice president and general manager.
As part of the event known officially as “Bridgestone NHL Premiere,” the Penguins will practice in Stockholm from Sunday through Wednesday before making a short trip to Helsinki, Finland on Thursday, Oct. 2, where they will play a pre-season game against Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League. Game time will be 11:30 a.m. Pittsburgh time. Penguins radio analyst Phil Bourque will provide podcast updates throughout the game on www.pittsburghpenguins.com
The Penguins and Senators then open the NHL regular season with back-to-back games in Stockholm on Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5. Starting time for both games will be 2:30 p.m. Pittsburgh time.
Both games from Sweden will be televised locally by FSN Pittsburgh, with Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey calling the action. On the radio side, Mike Lange and Bourque will call the games on 105.9 The X and the Penguins radio network. For complete daily coverage of the trip, including video reports, please log on to www.pittsburghpenguins.com.
The Penguins will return home on Monday, Oct. 6. They will play their home opener on Saturday, Oct. 11 against the New Jersey Devils at Mellon Arena (7:30 p.m.).
This marks the second time that the Penguins have opened the regular season overseas. They played two games against the Nashville Predators in Tokyo, Japan in October, 2000.