Bettman: NHL set to return to EuropeNHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference at Falcon Stadium about the hockey Stadium Series game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Colorado Avalanche to be played Feb, 15 at the stadium at Air Force Academy, Colo. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the NHL plans to return to Europe for games in the next two years.
Citing huge demand, Bettman said on Friday that the Boston Bruins and the Nashville Predators will open the regular season next year with a game in Prague. The Colorado Avalanche and the Columbus Blue Jackets will play a couple of games in the Finnish capital of Helsinki.
Bettman did not specify dates for the games.
He added that he is ''pretty certain'' that the NHL will return to Sweden in two years but gave no details about the teams involved and venue.
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