THE world’s best ice hockey league, the NHL, is bringing the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks to face off in the first-ever pre-season games to be played in China — in Shanghai and Beijing.
The two teams coming to the China games have been involved in exchange programs with Chinese youth teams over the last few years.
And they will bring star NHL players to China, including Bo Horvat and Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks and Drew Doughty, Anze Kopitar and Tanner Pearson of the LA Kings.
There will be a number of Chinese elements to be incorporated into the China games.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier that NHL’s commitment to China goes beyond the 2022 Winter Olympics. There is also a long-term arrangement with China that includes contributions to growing grassroots hockey in the country.
The NHL has begun its plan to host clinics for players and coaches throughout China. NHL officials have met a number of Chinese federations, including the Chinese Ice Hockey Association, the Shanghai and Beijing sports bureau and the Ministry of Education.
Date: September 21, 7:30
Tickets: 220-1,280 yuan (check en.damai.cn for ticketing info)
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Area
Address: 1200 Expo Ave, Pudong New Area