Report: NHL to play in Sweden and China

Ice hockey league to return to a run of international matches in 2017.

Report: NHL to play in Sweden and China

North America’s elite ice hockey league, the National Hockey League (NHL), will reportedly play a small number of international matches next season.   

According to Darren Dreger of TSN Hockey Insider, the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche will play two regular-season games in Sweden in November. The Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings, meanwhile, are likely to play an exhibition game in China. 

Any moves to play regular season games abroad must, however, be ratified by the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA). If the games go ahead they will be the league’s first in Europe and Asia since 2011 and 2000 respectively.