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Europe Tour to include Swiss stop

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
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The Rangers will be returning to Switzerland as part of their preseason European tour for a special exhibition game in Zug against EV Zug from the Nationalliga A at Bossard Arena, on Monday, Oct. 3. The game is part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge.

Details on tickets for this special event will be released soon. More information on the event is available at

This will be the Blueshirts' second trip to Switzerland in the past three years. In 2008, the Blueshirts played two exhibition games in Bern against SC Bern and the KHL's Magnitogorsk Metallurg.

Founded in 1967, EV Zug has enjoyed on-ice success both recently and historically. The 1998 Nationalliga A champions, the franchise has advanced to the league semifinals each of the past three seasons. The team is coached by Doug Shedden, who played a combined 416 career NHL games for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Quebec Nordiques and Toronto Maple Leafs. Among the other notable names on the EV Zug roster is Glen Metropolit, who has played over 400 career NHL games, most recently with the Montreal Canadiens in 2009-10.

For the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge, the Rangers will also play an exhibition game against HC Sparta Prague at TESLA Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, on Thursday, Sept. 29, and a game  against the Frolunda Indians of the Swedish Elite League at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Friday, Sept. 30,

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.
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