Found October 08, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
For the past several years the NHL season has begun with a few teams playing their first couple of games overseas - most commonly in Europe.  For the NHL this is an important piece of their marketing.  The NHL teams may be based in North America but they have an international following.  Fans overseas pay to watch games and buy NHL memorabilia.  Giving some of them a chance to see an NHL game firsthand helps the league grow its game. This year the Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers are starting their seasons in Europe this year.  They play two games in Stockholm, Sweden, one in Berlin, Germany and one in Helsinki, Finland.  These are some of the major hockey playing cities in Europe.  It is important to the NHL to establish a presence in them because the KHL also wants to move into these cities and establish their presence first.  Eventually the NHL will want to expand out of North America and when they do, these are their target cities. Continu...
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