List of international games played by NHL teams

Throughout the history of the National Hockey League (NHL), there has been a long-standing tradition of international games played by NHL teams. The following is a list of games played by NHL teams against other NHL teams and non-NHL teams outside the United States and Canada, as well games played by NHL teams in the United States and Canada against non-North American teams. In the tables below bolded team names denote winners. The most recent games took place in Stockholm, Sweden on November 10 and 11, 2017 between the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche.

1938 Detroit Red Wings–Montreal Canadiens European tour

In 1938, for the first time in NHL history two of the league's teams, the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens, went on a tour of Europe with a nine-game series in England and France. The Canadiens won the series with a record of 5–3–1.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
April 21Earls Court, EnglandDetroit Red WingsMontreal Canadiens5–4 (OT)
April 23Brighton, EnglandDetroit Red WingsMontreal Canadiens5–5
April 25Paris, FranceDetroit Red WingsMontreal Canadiens10–8
April 27Paris, FranceDetroit Red WingsMontreal Canadiens4–3
April 29Paris, FranceDetroit Red WingsMontreal Canadiens7–5
May 5Earls Court, EnglandDetroit Red WingsMontreal Canadiens6–3
May 7Brighton, EnglandDetroit Red WingsMontreal Canadiens10–5
May 10Earls Court, EnglandDetroit Red WingsMontreal Canadiens5–4
May 14Brighton, EnglandDetroit Red WingsMontreal Canadiens5–2

1959 Boston Bruins–New York Rangers European tour

In 1959, the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers (aided by Bobby Hull, Ed Litzenberger, Eric Nesterenko, and Pierre Pilote of the Chicago Black Hawks[1]) went on a 23-game tour of Europe, visiting England, Switzerland, France, Belgium, West Germany, and Austria. The Rangers won the series with a record of 11–9–3.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
April 29London, EnglandBoston BruinsNew York Rangers7–5
April 30London, EnglandBoston BruinsNew York Rangers4–3
May 2Geneva, SwitzerlandBoston BruinsNew York Rangers4–3
May 3Geneva, SwitzerlandBoston BruinsNew York Rangers12–4
May 4Paris, FranceBoston BruinsNew York Rangers6–2
May 5Paris, FranceBoston BruinsNew York Rangers6–4
May 6Antwerp, BelgiumBoston BruinsNew York Rangers6–3
May 7Antwerp, BelgiumBoston BruinsNew York Rangers6–3
May 8Antwerp, BelgiumBoston BruinsNew York Rangers8–4
May 9Zürich, SwitzerlandBoston BruinsNew York Rangers7–6
May 10Zurich, SwitzerlandBoston BruinsNew York Rangers4–2
May 12Dortmund, West GermanyBoston BruinsNew York Rangers4–2
May 13Dortmund, West GermanyBoston BruinsNew York Rangers6–4
May 14Essen, West GermanyBoston BruinsNew York Rangers6–4
May 15Essen, West GermanyBoston BruinsNew York Rangers4–3
May 16Krefeld, West GermanyBoston BruinsNew York Rangers8–0
May 17Krefeld, West GermanyBoston BruinsNew York Rangers7–2
May 19Berlin, West GermanyBoston BruinsNew York Rangers6–6
May 20Berlin, West GermanyBoston BruinsNew York Rangers3–2
May 21Berlin, West GermanyBoston BruinsNew York Rangers8–2
May 22Vienna, AustriaBoston BruinsNew York Rangers2–2
May 23Vienna, AustriaBoston BruinsNew York Rangers5–3
May 24Vienna, AustriaBoston BruinsNew York Rangers4–4

1975–76 Super Series

In late 1975 and early 1976, two Soviet League teams from Moscow, USSR (CSKA, also known as "Red Army", and Krylya Sovetov, also known as "Soviet Wings") played an eight-game series against several NHL teams (the Chicago Black Hawks, the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Pittsburgh Penguins). The games took place in the USA and Canada. The Soviet teams won the series with a record of 5–2–1. Individually, CSKA had a record of 2–1–1 and Krylya Sovetov had a record of 3–1–0.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
December 28, 1975New York City, USACSKA MoscowNew York Rangers7–3
December 29, 1975Pittsburgh, USAKrylya Sovetov MoscowPittsburgh Penguins7–4
December 31, 1975Montreal, CanadaCSKA MoscowMontreal Canadiens3–3
January 4, 1976Buffalo, New York, USAKrylya Sovetov MoscowBuffalo Sabres6–12
January 7, 1976Chicago, USAKrylya Sovetov MoscowChicago Black Hawks4–2
January 8, 1976Boston, USACSKA MoscowBoston Bruins5–2
January 10, 1976Uniondale, New York, USAKrylya Sovetov MoscowNew York Islanders2–1
January 11, 1976Philadelphia, USACSKA MoscowPhiladelphia Flyers1–4

1976 Kansas City Scouts–Washington Capitals Japanese tour

In 1976, the Kansas City Scouts and the Washington Capitals played a four-game series in Japan. The Capitals won the series with a 3–1–0 record.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
April 14SapporoKansas City ScoutsWashington Capitals2–5
April 15SapporoKansas City ScoutsWashington Capitals2–6
April 17TokyoKansas City ScoutsWashington Capitals2–6
April 18TokyoKansas City ScoutsWashington Capitals4–2

1977–78 Czech NHL tour and Super Series

In late 1977 and early 1978, two Czechoslovakian teams (Poldi Kladno and Tesla Pardubice) along with one Soviet team (Spartak Moscow) went on a 13-game tour of the NHL, playing against several NHL teams (the Atlanta Flames, the Chicago Black Hawks, the Cleveland Barons, the Colorado Rockies, the Detroit Red Wings, the Minnesota North Stars, the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the St. Louis Blues, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Vancouver Canucks). Games took place in the USA and Canada. Both sides finished the series with 6–6–1 records. Individually, Kladno had a record of 2–1–1, Pardubice had a record of 1–3–0 (combined Czech record of 3–4–1), and Spartak had a record of 3–2–0.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
December 26, 1977New York City, USAPoldi KladnoNew York Rangers4–4
December 26, 1977Philadelphia, USATesla PardubicePhiladelphia Flyers1–6
December 28, 1977Vancouver, CanadaSpartak MoscowVancouver Canucks0–2
December 31, 1977Chicago, USAPoldi KladnoChicago Black Hawks6–4
December 31, 1977Bloomington, Minnesota, USATesla PardubiceMinnesota North Stars4–2
January 2, 1978Toronto, CanadaPoldi KladnoToronto Maple Leafs8–5
January 2, 1978Detroit, USATesla PardubiceDetroit Red Wings4–5
January 3, 1978Denver, USASpartak MoscowColorado Rockies8–3
January 4, 1978Richfield, Ohio, USAPoldi KladnoCleveland Barons3–4
January 4, 1978Uniondale, New York, USATesla PardubiceNew York Islanders3–8
January 5, 1978St. Louis, USASpartak MoscowSt. Louis Blues2–1
January 6, 1978Montreal, CanadaSpartak MoscowMontreal Canadiens2–5
January 8, 1978Atlanta, USASpartak MoscowAtlanta Flames2–1

1978–79 Super Series

In late 1978 and early 1979, Soviet Union's Krylya Sovetov from Moscow played a four-game series against NHL teams (the Boston Bruins, the Detroit Red Wings, the Minnesota North Stars, and the Philadelphia Flyers). Games took place in the United States. Krylya Sovetov won the series with a 2–1–1 record.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
December 31, 1978BloomingtonKrylya SovetovMinnesota North Stars8–5
January 2, 1979PhiladelphiaKrylya SovetovPhiladelphia Flyers4–4
January 4, 1979DetroitKrylya SovetovDetroit Red Wings5–6
January 9, 1979BostonKrylya SovetovBoston Bruins4–1

1979 Challenge Cup

The 1979 Challenge Cup was a series of international ice hockey games between the Soviet Union national ice hockey team and a team of All-Stars from the National Hockey League. The games were played on February 8, 10, and 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It replaced the NHL's all-star festivities for the 1978–79 NHL season. The Soviets defeated the NHL All-Stars 2 games to 1.

DateTeamTeamScore
February 8, 1979NHL All-StarsSoviet Union4–2
February 10, 1979Soviet UnionNHL All-Stars5–4
February 11, 1979Soviet UnionNHL All-Stars6–0

1979–80 Super Series

In late 1979 and early 1980, two Soviet teams from Moscow, CSKA and Dynamo, played a nine-game series against several NHL teams (the Buffalo Sabres, the Edmonton Oilers, the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Quebec Nordiques, the Vancouver Canucks, the Washington Capitals, and the original Winnipeg Jets). Games took place in the USA and Canada. The Moscow teams won the series with a record of 5–3–1. Individually, CSKA had a record of 3–2–0, and Dynamo had a record of 2–1–1.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
December 26, 1979Vancouver, CanadaDynamo MoscowVancouver Canucks2–6
December 27, 1979New York City, USACSKA MoscowNew York Rangers5–2
December 29, 1979Uniondale, New York, USACSKA MoscowNew York Islanders3–2
December 31, 1979Montreal, CanadaCSKA MoscowMontreal Canadiens2–4
January 2, 1980Winnipeg, CanadaDynamo MoscowWinnipeg Jets7–0
January 3, 1980Buffalo, New York, USACSKA MoscowBuffalo Sabres1–6
January 4, 1980Edmonton, CanadaDynamo MoscowEdmonton Oilers4–1
January 6, 1980Quebec City, CanadaCSKA MoscowQuebec Nordiques6–4
January 8, 1980Landover, Maryland, USADynamo MoscowWashington Capitals5–5

1980 NHL–Sweden tournament

In 1980, the Minnesota North Stars and the Washington Capitals participated in a five-game tournament in Sweden with Swedish teams AIK Stockholm and Djurgarden Stockholm. The NHL teams won the tournament with a record of 5–1–0 (including the first NHL-only game; 4–0–0 against Swedish opponents). Minnesota had a record of 2–1–0 and Washington had a record of 3–0–0. Both Swedish teams had a record of 0–2–0.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 22StockholmWashington CapitalsMinnesota North Stars4–3 2OT
September 23StockholmMinnesota North StarsDjurgarden Stockholm8–0
September 24StockholmWashington CapitalsAIK Stockholm2–1
September 25StockholmMinnesota North StarsAIK Stockholm4–3
September 26StockholmWashington CapitalsDjurgarden Stockholm3–2

1981 NHL–Europe tournament

In 1981, the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals participated in a nine-game tournament in Finland and Sweden with Finnish teams HIFK and Oulun Kärpät, and Swedish teams Frölunda, AIK, and Djurgarden. The NHL teams won the tournament with a 6–4–0 record (including the NHL-only game; 5–3–0 excluding it). New York had a record of 4–1–0 and Washington had a record of 2–3–0 (both including the NHL-only game). AIK had a record of 1–1–0, Djurgarden had a record of 0–2–0, Frölunda had a record of 1–1–0, HIFK had a record of 1–0–0, Kärpät had a record of 0–1–0 (for a combined European total of 3–5–0).

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 17Helsinki, FinlandNew York RangersHIFK Helsinki1–4
September 17Gothenburg, SwedenWashington CapitalsFrölunda Gothenburg4–7
September 18Stockholm, SwedenWashington CapitalsAIK Stockholm1–6
September 18Stockholm, SwedenNew York RangersDjurgarden Stockholm5–1
September 20Stockholm, SwedenNew York RangersWashington Capitals4–1
September 22Stockholm, SwedenWashington CapitalsDjurgarden Stockholm5–2
September 22Gothenburg, SwedenNew York RangersFrölunda Gothenburg7–1
September 23Stockholm, SwedenNew York RangersAIK Stockholm4–1
September 24Oulu, FinlandWashington CapitalsOulun Kärpät5–3

1982–83 Super Series

In late 1982 and early 1983, the USSR national team played a six-game series against several NHL teams (the Calgary Flames, the Edmonton Oilers, the Minnesota North Stars, the Montreal Canadiens, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Quebec Nordiques). Games took place in the USA and Canada. The USSR team won the series with a 4–2–0 record.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
December 28, 1982Edmonton, AB, CanadaUSSREdmonton Oilers3–4
December 30, 1982Quebec City, Quebec, CanadaUSSRQuebec Nordiques3–0
December 31, 1982Montreal, Quebec, CanadaUSSRMontreal Canadiens5–0
January 2, 1983Calgary, AB, CanadaUSSRCalgary Flames2–3
January 4, 1983Bloomington, Minnesota, USAUSSRMinnesota North Stars6–3
January 6, 1983Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAUSSRPhiladelphia Flyers5–1

1985–86 Super Series

In late 1985 and early 1986, two Soviet teams from Moscow, CSKA and Dynamo, played a ten-game series against several NHL teams (the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Calgary Flames, the Edmonton Oilers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars, the Montreal Canadiens, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Quebec Nordiques, and the St. Louis Blues). Games took place in the USA and Canada. The Moscow teams won the series with a record of 7–2–1. Individually, CSKA had a record of 5–1–0 and Dynamo had a record of 2–1–1.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
December 26, 1985Inglewood, California, USACSKA MoscowLos Angeles Kings5–2
December 27, 1985Edmonton, AB, CanadaCSKA MoscowEdmonton Oilers6–3
December 29, 1985Quebec City, Quebec, CanadaCSKA MoscowQuebec Nordiques1–5
December 29, 1985Calgary, AB, CanadaDynamo MoscowCalgary Flames3–4
December 31, 1985Montreal, Quebec, CanadaCSKA MoscowMontreal Canadiens6–1
January 2, 1986St. Louis, Missouri, USACSKA MoscowSt. Louis Blues4–2
January 4, 1986Bloomington, Minnesota, USACSKA MoscowMinnesota North Stars4–3 (OT)
January 4, 1986Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USADynamo MoscowPittsburgh Penguins3–3
January 6, 1986Boston, Massachusetts, USADynamo MoscowBoston Bruins6–4
January 8, 1986Buffalo, New York, USADynamo MoscowBuffalo Sabres7–4

Rendez-vous '87

Rendez-vous '87 was a series of international ice hockey games between the Soviet Union national ice hockey team and a team of All-Stars from the National Hockey League. The games were played on February 11 and 13 at Le Colisée in Quebec City. It replaced the NHL's all-star festivities for the 1986–87 NHL season. Both teams won one of the two games, with the soviets winning overall on total score, 8–7.

DateTeamTeamScore
February 11, 1987Soviet UnionNHL All-Stars4–3
February 13, 1987Soviet UnionNHL All-Stars5–3

1988–89 Super Series

In late 1988 and early 1989 two Soviet League teams, CSKA Moscow and Dinamo Riga, played a 14-games series against several NHL teams (the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Calgary Flames, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Edmonton Oilers, the Hartford Whalers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars, the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Quebec Nordiques, the St. Louis Blues, and the Vancouver Canucks). Games took place in the USA and Canada. Both sides finished with a record of 6–6–2. Individually, CSKA had a record of 4–2–1 and Dinamo had a record of 2–4–1.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
December 26, 1988Quebec City, Quebec, CanadaCSKA MoscowQuebec Nordiques5–5
December 27, 1988Calgary, AB, CanadaDinamo RigaCalgary Flames2–2
December 28, 1988Edmonton, AB, CanadaDinamo RigaEdmonton Oilers1–2
December 29, 1988Uniondale, New York, USACSKA MoscowNew York Islanders3–2
December 30, 1988Vancouver, BC, CanadaDinamo RigaVancouver Canucks1–6
December 31, 1988Boston, Massachusetts, USACSKA MoscowBoston Bruins5–4
December 31, 1988Inglewood, California, USADinamo RigaLos Angeles Kings5–3
January 2, 1989East Rutherford, New Jersey, USACSKA MoscowNew Jersey Devils5–0
January 4, 1989Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USACSKA MoscowPittsburgh Penguins2–4
January 4, 1989Chicago, Illinois, USADinamo RigaChicago Blackhawks1–4
January 5, 1989St. Louis, Missouri, USADinamo RigaSt. Louis Blues0–5
January 7, 1989Bloomington, Minnesota, USADinamo RigaMinnesota North Stars2–1
January 7, 1989Hartford, Connecticut, USACSKA MoscowHartford Whalers6–3
January 9, 1989Buffalo, New York, USACSKA MoscowBuffalo Sabres5–6 (OT)

1989 Calgary Flames–Washington Capitals European tour

In 1989, the Calgary Flames and the Washington Capitals went on a twelve-game European tour, playing against teams from Sweden (Färjestad BK and Brynäs IF) and the USSR (CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Dinamo Riga, Khimik Voskresensk, Krylya Sovetov Moscow, SKA Leningrad, Sokol Kiev, and Spartak Moscow). The Flames preceded these games with a two-game series in Czechoslovakia against the Czechoslovakia national team, losing both. The NHL teams won the series with a record of 7–5–0 (0–2–0 against Czechoslovakia, 1–1–0 against the Swedish teams, and 6–2–0 against Soviet teams). Individually, Calgary had a record of 3–3–0 and Washington had a record of 4–2–0.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 10Prague, CzechoslovakiaCalgary FlamesCzechoslovakia2–4
September 11Prague, CzechoslovakiaCalgary FlamesCzechoslovakia1–4
September 12Karlstad, SwedenWashington CapitalsFärjestad BK4–7
September 13Gävle, SwedenWashington CapitalsBrynäs IF3–1
September 14Voskresensk, USSRCalgary FlamesKhimik Voskresensk4–2
September 15Moscow, USSRWashington CapitalsSpartak Moscow8–7 (OT)
September 16Kiev, USSRCalgary FlamesSokol Kiev5–2
September 17Moscow, USSRWashington CapitalsDynamo Moscow2–7
September 18Moscow, USSRCalgary FlamesKrylya Sovetov Moscow3–2 (OT)
September 19Riga, USSRWashington CapitalsDinamo Riga2–1 (OT)
September 20Moscow, USSRCalgary FlamesCSKA Moscow1–2
September 21Leningrad, USSRWashington CapitalsSKA Leningrad5–4

1989–90 Super Series

In late 1989 and early 1990 a record four Soviet teams (CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Khimik Voskresensk, and Krylya Sovetov Moscow went on a 21-game tour of North America, playing against every NHL team (the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Calgary Flames, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Red Wings, the Edmonton Oilers, the Hartford Whalers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars, the Montreal Canadiens, the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Quebec Nordiques, the St. Louis Blues, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Vancouver Canucks, the Washington Capitals, and the original Winnipeg Jets). Games took place in the USA and Canada. The Soviet teams won the series with a record of 11–9–1. Individually, CSKA has a record of 4–1–0, Dynamo had a record of 3–2–0, Khimik had a record of 3–3–0, and Krylya Sovetov had a record of 1–3–1.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
December 4, 1989Inglewood, California, USAKhimik VoskresenskLos Angeles Kings6–3
December 6, 1989Edmonton, AB, CanadaKhimik VoskresenskEdmonton Oilers2–6
December 8, 1989Calgary, AB, CanadaKhimik VoskresenskCalgary Flames3–6
December 11, 1989Detroit, Michigan, USAKhimik VoskresenskDetroit Red Wings4–2
December 12, 1989Landover, Maryland, USAKhimik VoskresenskWashington Capitals2–5
December 14, 1989St.Louis, Missouri, USAKhimik VoskresenskSt. Louis Blues6–3
December 26, 1989Uniondale, New York, USAKrylya Sovetov MoscowNew York Islanders4–5
December 27, 1989Hartford, Connecticut, USAKrylya Sovetov MoscowHartford Whalers3–4 (OT)
December 27, 1989Winnipeg, MB, CanadaCSKA MoscowWinnipeg Jets1–4
December 29, 1989Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USADynamo MoscowPittsburgh Penguins5–2
December 29, 1989Vancouver, BC, CanadaCSKA MoscowVancouver Canucks6–0
December 31, 1989Quebec City, Quebec, CanadaKrylya Sovetov MoscowQuebec Nordiques4–4
December 31, 1989Toronto, ON, CanadaDynamo MoscowToronto Maple Leafs7–4
January 1, 1990New York City, New York, USAKrylya Sovetov MoscowNew York Rangers3–1
January 2, 1990Bloomington, Minnesota, USACSKA MoscowMinnesota North Stars4–2
January 3, 1990Montreal, Quebec, CanadaKrylya Sovetov MoscowMontreal Canadiens1–2
January 3, 1990Buffalo, New York, USADynamo MoscowBuffalo Sabres2–4
January 6, 1990East Rutherford, New Jersey, USADynamo MoscowNew Jersey Devils1–7
January 7, 1990Chicago, Illinois, USACSKA MoscowChicago Blackhawks6–4
January 9, 1990Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USACSKA MoscowPhiladelphia Flyers5–4
January 9, 1990Boston, Massachusetts, USADynamo MoscowBoston Bruins3–1

1990 Edmonton Oilers–St. Louis Blues European tournament

In 1990, the Edmonton Oilers and the St. Louis Blues participated in a four-game tournament in Europe, taking place in Austria and West Germany, playing against the Austrian team Graz EC and the German team Düsseldorf EG. The NHL teams won the tournament with a record of 3–0–0, excluding the NHL-only game.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 6Düsseldorf, West GermanySt. Louis BluesDüsseldorf EG3–1
September 7Düsseldorf, West GermanyEdmonton OilersDüsseldorf EG2–0
September 8Düsseldorf, West GermanySt. Louis BluesEdmonton Oilers10–1
September 14Graz, AustriaEdmonton OilersGraz EC12–3

1990 Minnesota North Stars–Montreal Canadiens European tour

In 1990, the Minnesota North Stars and the Montreal Canadiens went on a nine-game tour of Europe, with a game in Sweden against AIK, and the rest in the USSR against CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Khimik Voskresensk, Krylya Sovetov Moscow, a SKA Leningrad/Torpedo Yaroslavl joint squad, Sokol Kiev, Spartak Moscow and Latvian (country regained independence from USSR back in May 4, 1990) team Dinamo Riga. The European teams won the series with a record of 5–4–0. Individually, the Canadiens had a record of 3–2–0 and the North Stars had a record of 1–3–0.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 10Stockholm, SwedenMontreal CanadiensAIK Stockholm7–1
September 12Leningrad, USSRMontreal CanadiensSKA Leningrad/Torpedo Yaroslavl5–3
September 13Moscow, USSRMinnesota North StarsSpartak Moscow5–8
September 14Riga, LatviaMontreal CanadiensDinamo Riga4–2
September 15Moscow, USSRMinnesota North StarsKrylya Sovetov Moscow2–3 (OT)
September 16Moscow, USSRMontreal CanadiensDynamo Moscow1–4
September 17Voskresensk, USSRMinnesota North StarsKhimik Voskresensk3–2
September 18Moscow, USSRMontreal CanadiensCSKA Moscow2–3 (OT)
September 19Kiev, UkraineMinnesota North StarsSokol Kiev0–5

1990–91 Super Series

In late 1990 and early 1991 three Soviet teams (CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Khimik Voskresensk) went on a 21-game tour of North America, playing against every NHL team (the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Calgary Flames, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Red Wings, the Edmonton Oilers, the Hartford Whalers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars, the Montreal Canadiens, the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Quebec Nordiques, the St. Louis Blues, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Vancouver Canucks, the Washington Capitals, and the original Winnipeg Jets). Games took place in the USA and Canada. The Soviet teams won the series with a record of 12–6–3. Individually, CSKA had a record of 6–1–0, Dynamo had a record of 3–2–2, and Khimik had a record of 3–3–1.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
December 3, 1990Inglewood, California, USAKhimik VoskresenskLos Angeles Kings1–5
December 5, 1990St. Louis, USAKhimik VoskresenskSt. Louis Blues2–4
December 8, 1990Uniondale, New York, USAKhimik VoskresenskNew York Islanders2–2
December 10, 1990Montreal, CanadaKhimik VoskresenskMontreal Canadiens6–3
December 12, 1990Buffalo, New York, USAKhimik VoskresenskBuffalo Sabres5–4 (OT)
December 16, 1990Boston, USAKhimik VoskresenskBoston Bruins5–2
December 18, 1990Bloomington, Minnesota, USAKhimik VoskresenskMinnesota North Stars4–6
December 26, 1990Detroit, Michigan, USACSKA MoscowDetroit Red Wings5–2
December 31, 1990New York City, USACSKA MoscowNew York Rangers6–1
January 1, 1991Toronto, CanadaDynamo MoscowToronto Maple Leafs4–7
January 1, 1991Chicago, USACSKA MoscowChicago Blackhawks4–2
January 3, 1991Hartford, Connecticut, USADynamo MoscowHartford Whalers0–0
January 4, 1991Calgary, CanadaCSKA MoscowCalgary Flames6–4
January 6, 1991East Rutherford, New Jersey, USADynamo MoscowNew Jersey Devils2–2
January 6, 1991Edmonton, CanadaCSKA MoscowEdmonton Oilers2–4
January 8, 1991Landover, Maryland, USADynamo MoscowWashington Capitals2–3
January 9, 1991Winnipeg, CanadaCSKA MoscowWinnipeg Jets6–4
January 10, 1991Philadelphia, USADynamo MoscowPhiladelphia Flyers4–1
January 12, 1991Pittsburgh, USADynamo MoscowPittsburgh Penguins4–3
January 13, 1991Vancouver, CanadaCSKA MoscowVancouver Canucks4–3 (OT)
January 15, 1991Quebec City, CanadaDynamo MoscowQuebec Nordiques4–1

1992 Chicago Blackhawks–Montreal Canadiens English games

In 1992, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens played a two-game series in England. Each team won one game.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 12LondonChicago BlackhawksMontreal Canadiens2–3
September 13LondonChicago BlackhawksMontreal Canadiens5–4 (OT)

1993 New York Rangers–Toronto Maple Leafs English games

In 1993, the New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs played a two-game series in England. The Rangers won both games.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 11LondonNew York RangersToronto Maple Leafs5–3
September 12LondonNew York RangersToronto Maple Leafs3–1

1994 NHL International Challenge in Finland, with the Winnipeg Jets

In 1994, the original Winnipeg Jets played in a four-team compressed tournament with HIFK Helsinki, Helsinki Jokerit, and Tappara Tampere in Finland. The Jets won their first game against Tappara, and then HIFK in the final. The tournament had been set up for a final game between Teemu Selänne's old team (Jokerit) and current team (the Jets).

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 9HelsinkiWinnipeg JetsTappara Tampere8–2
September 11HelsinkiWinnipeg JetsHIFK Helsinki5–3

Ninety Nine All Stars Tour

During the 1994–95 NHL lockout, Wayne Gretzky formed a team called the Ninety Nine All Stars to play a tour of exhibition games across Europe against various European club teams, in order to stay in game shape and raise money for charity.

  • December 1, 1994: 3–4 loss vs Detroit Vipers (IHL)
  • December 3, 1994: 7–1 win vs Jokerit (Finland)
  • December 4, 1994: 3–4 OT loss vs Ilves Tampere (Finland)
  • December 6, 1994: 6–3 win vs Norwegian Spectrum All Stars (Norway)
  • December 9, 1994: 8–3 win vs Djurgårdens IF (Sweden)
  • December 10, 1994: 5–2 win vs Västra Frölunda HC (Sweden)
  • December 12, 1994: 5–6 OT loss vs Malmö IF (Sweden)
  • December 14, 1994: 8–5 win vs German All Stars in Freiburg (Germany)

1997 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim–Vancouver Canucks Japanese games

In 1997, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Vancouver Canucks played a two-game series in Japan to open the 1997–98 regular season. This marked the first time that games played by NHL teams outside of North America counted in the league standings. Each team won one game.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
October 4TokyoMighty Ducks of AnaheimVancouver Canucks2–3
October 5TokyoMighty Ducks of AnaheimVancouver Canucks3–2

1998 Buffalo Sabres–Tampa Bay Lightning Austrian tournament

In 1998, the Buffalo Sabres and the Tampa Bay Lightning played in a three-game tournament in Austria against the Austrian teams KAC Klagenfurt and VEU Feldkirch. The NHL teams won the tournament with a record of 2–0–0, excluding the NHL-only game.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 15KlagenfurtTampa Bay LightningVEU Feldkirch4–1
September 16KlagenfurtBuffalo SabresKAC Klagenfurt5–1
September 18InnsbruckTampa Bay LightningBuffalo Sabres5–1

1998 Calgary Flames–San Jose Sharks Japanese games

In 1998, the Calgary Flames and the San Jose Sharks played a two-game series in Japan. The teams tied one game, and the Flames won the other. These games counted in the regular-season standings.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
October 9TokyoCalgary FlamesSan Jose Sharks3–3
October 10TokyoCalgary FlamesSan Jose Sharks5–3

2000 NHL Challenge

In 2000, the Vancouver Canucks played a two-game series in Sweden against the Swedish teams Djurgarden Stockholm and MoDo Ornskoldsvik. The Canucks won both games.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 13StockholmVancouver CanucksMoDo Ornskoldsvik5–2
September 15StockholmVancouver CanucksDjurgarden Stockholm2–1 (OT)

2000 Nashville Predators–Pittsburgh Penguins Japanese games

In 2000, the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins played a two-game series in Japan. Each team won one game. As with the previous season-opening series in Japan in 1997 and 1998, these games counted in the regular-season standings.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
October 7Saitama CityNashville PredatorsPittsburgh Penguins3–1
October 8Saitama CityNashville PredatorsPittsburgh Penguins1–3

2001 NHL Challenge

In 2001, the Colorado Avalanche played a single game in Sweden against the Swedish team Brynäs Gävle. The Avalanche won. Two more games were scheduled (against Djurgarden and Jokerit), but the tour was cut short due to the September 11 attacks.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 16StockholmColorado AvalancheBrynäs Gävle5–3

2003 NHL Challenge

In 2003, the Toronto Maple Leafs played a three-game series in Finland and Sweden against the Finnish team Jokerit Helsinki and the Swedish teams Djurgarden Stockholm and Farjestad Karlstad. The Maple Leafs won all games.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 16Helsinki, FinlandToronto Maple LeafsJokerit Helsinki5–3
September 18Stockholm, SwedenToronto Maple LeafsDjurgarden Stockholm9–2
September 19Stockholm, SwedenToronto Maple LeafsFarjestad Karlstad3–0

2004–05 season NHL Worldstars

During the 2004–2005 NHL labour dispute, the NHL Worldstars team played.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
12 December 2004Saint Petersburg, RussiaHV71NHL Worldstars4–7 (1–2 SO)[2]
17 December 2004Jönköping, SwedenHV71NHL Worldstars1–5[3]

2006 Florida Panthers–New York Rangers Puerto Rican game

In 2006, as part of the pre-season for the 2006–07 NHL season, the Florida Panthers and the New York Rangers played an exhibition game in Puerto Rico. The Rangers won the game.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 23San JuanFlorida PanthersNew York Rangers2–3

2007 NHL Premiere

In 2007, the NHL opened its regular season in Europe for the first time. The Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings played a two-game series in England. Each team won one game. Prior to this, the Kings played a two-game series in Austria against the Austrian team Red Bull Salzburg and the Swedish team Farjestad Karlstad, winning both.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 25Salzburg, AustriaLos Angeles KingsRed Bull Salzburg7–6
September 26Salzburg, AustriaLos Angeles KingsFarjestad Karlstad3–2
September 29London, EnglandAnaheim DucksLos Angeles Kings1–4
September 30London, EnglandAnaheim DucksLos Angeles Kings4–1

2008 NHL Premiere

In 2008, four teams from the NHL (the New York Rangers, the Ottawa Senators, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Tampa Bay Lightning) opened their regular seasons in Europe. The Rangers and the Lightning played a two-game series in the Czech Republic, with the Rangers winning both games. The Senators and the Penguins played a two-game series in Sweden, with each team winning one game. Prior to this, the Rangers played in the inaugural Victoria Cup against Metallurg Magnitogorsk from Russia. All four teams also played against various European teams (Eisbären Berlin from Germany, SC Bern from Switzerland, Slovan Bratislava from Slovakia, Jokerit Helsinki from Finland, and Frölunda Gothenburg from Sweden). The NHL teams won all games.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 28Berlin, GermanyTampa Bay LightningEisbären Berlin4–1
September 30Bern, SwitzerlandNew York RangersSC Bern8–1
September 30Bratislava, SlovakiaTampa Bay LightningSlovan Bratislava3–2 (SO)
October 1Bern, SwitzerlandNew York RangersMetallurg Magnitogorsk4–3
October 2Helsinki, FinlandPittsburgh PenguinsJokerit Helsinki4–1
October 2Gothenburg, SwedenOttawa SenatorsFrölunda Gothenburg4–1
October 4Prague, Czech RepublicNew York RangersTampa Bay Lightning2–1
October 4Stockholm, SwedenOttawa SenatorsPittsburgh Penguins3–4 (OT)
October 5Prague, Czech RepublicNew York RangersTampa Bay Lightning2–1
October 5Stockholm, SwedenOttawa SenatorsPittsburgh Penguins3–1

2009 NHL Premiere

In 2009, once more four teams from the NHL (the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Red Wings, the Florida Panthers, and the St. Louis Blues) opened their regular seasons in Europe. The Blackhawks and the Panthers played a two-game series in Finland, with each team winning once. The Red Wings and the Blues played a two-game series in Sweden, with the Blues winning both games. Prior to this, the Blackhawks played in the second annual Victoria Cup against ZSC Lions from Switzerland. All four teams also played against various European teams (Jokerit Helsinki and Tappara Tampere from Finland, HC Davos from Switzerland, and Färjestad BK and Linköpings HC from Sweden). The NHL teams had a record of 4–2–0 against the European teams.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 28Tampere, FinlandFlorida PanthersTappara Tampere2–3 (SO)
September 28Zürich, SwitzerlandChicago BlackhawksHC Davos9–2
September 29Linköping, SwedenSt. Louis BluesLinköpings HC6–0
September 29Zurich, SwitzerlandChicago BlackhawksZSC Lions1–2
September 30Helsinki, FinlandFlorida PanthersJokerit Helsinki4–2
September 30Karlstad, SwedenDetroit Red WingsFärjestad BK6–2
October 2Helsinki, FinlandChicago BlackhawksFlorida Panthers3–4 (SO)
October 2Stockholm, SwedenDetroit Red WingsSt. Louis Blues3–4
October 3Helsinki, FinlandChicago BlackhawksFlorida Panthers4–0
October 3Stockholm, SwedenDetroit Red WingsSt. Louis Blues3–5

2010 NHL Premiere

In 2010, a record six NHL teams (the Boston Bruins, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Minnesota Wild, the Phoenix Coyotes, and the San Jose Sharks) opened their regular seasons in Europe. The Hurricanes and the Wild played a two-game series in Finland, with the Hurricanes winning both games. The Blue Jackets and the Sharks played a two-game series in Sweden, with each team winning one game. The Bruins and the Coyotes played a two-game series in the Czech Republic, with each team winning one game. Prior to this, all six teams also played against various European teams (Adler Mannheim from Germany, Belfast Giants Selects from Northern Ireland (an all-star team [4] of the EIHL), SKA Saint Petersburg from Russia, Ilves Tampere from Finland, HC Bílí Tygři Liberec from the Czech Republic, Malmö Redhawks from Sweden, and Dinamo Riga from Latvia). The NHL teams had a record of 6–1–0 against the European teams.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
October 2Mannheim, GermanySan Jose SharksAdler Mannheim3–2 (SO)
October 2Belfast, Northern IrelandBoston BruinsBelfast Giants Selects5–1
October 4Saint Petersburg, RussiaCarolina HurricanesSKA Saint Petersburg3–5
October 4Tampere, FinlandMinnesota WildIlves Tampere5–1
October 5Liberec, Czech RepublicBoston BruinsHC Liberec7–1
October 5Malmö, SwedenColumbus Blue JacketsMalmö Redhawks4–1
October 6Riga, LatviaPhoenix CoyotesDinamo Riga3–1
October 7Helsinki, FinlandCarolina HurricanesMinnesota Wild4–3
October 8Helsinki, FinlandCarolina HurricanesMinnesota Wild2–1 (SO)
October 8Stockholm, SwedenColumbus Blue JacketsSan Jose Sharks2–3
October 9Prague, Czech RepublicBoston BruinsPhoenix Coyotes2–5
October 9Stockholm, SwedenColumbus Blue JacketsSan Jose Sharks3–2 (OT)
October 10Prague, Czech RepublicBoston BruinsPhoenix Coyotes3–0

2011 NHL Premiere

In 2011, four teams from the NHL (the Anaheim Ducks, the Buffalo Sabres, the Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Rangers) opened their regular seasons in Europe, marking the fifth straight season of the NHL Premiere games. On October 7, the Ducks and the Sabres played a game in Finland, while the Kings and the Rangers played a game in Sweden. The next day, the Ducks and the Rangers played a game in Sweden, while the Sabres and the Kings played a game in Germany. These teams also played exhibition games against HC Sparta Prague from the Czech Republic, Frölunda HC from Sweden, Slovan Bratislava from Slovakia, EV Zug from Switzerland, Jokerit Helsinki from Finland and Adler Mannheim and Hamburg Freezers from Germany as part of their pre-season schedule.[5] The New York Rangers, playing four games in five days in four countries, had a record of 3–1–0 against the European teams. The NHL teams had an overall record of 6–1–0 against the European teams.

In March 2012, the NHL announced that it would not schedule an NHL Premiere event for 2012.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
September 29Prague, Czech RepublicNew York RangersHC Sparta Prague2–0
September 30Gothenburg, SwedenNew York RangersFrölunda Gothenburg4–2
October 2Bratislava, SlovakiaNew York RangersSlovan Bratislava4–1
October 3Zug, SwitzerlandNew York RangersEV Zug4–8
October 4Helsinki, FinlandAnaheim DucksJokerit Helsinki4–3 (OT)
October 4Hamburg, GermanyLos Angeles KingsHamburg Freezers5–4
October 4Mannheim, GermanyBuffalo SabresAdler Mannheim8–3
October 7Helsinki, FinlandAnaheim DucksBuffalo Sabres1–4
October 7Stockholm, SwedenLos Angeles KingsNew York Rangers3–2 (OT)
October 8Stockholm, SwedenAnaheim DucksNew York Rangers2–1 (SO)
October 8Berlin, GermanyBuffalo SabresLos Angeles Kings4–2

2017 NHL China Games

NHL China Games
Simplified Chinese NHL中国运动会
Traditional Chinese NHL中國運動會
China Games
Simplified Chinese 中国赛
Traditional Chinese 中國賽
Literal meaning Chinese race

On March 29, 2017, the NHL announced that the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks would play two exhibition games in China in a new event called the NHL China Games.[6] Both teams will face each other in Shanghai, on September 21, and in Beijing, on September 23. This is the first time NHL teams play in China.

DateCityArenaTeamTeamScore
September 21Shanghai, ChinaMercedes-Benz ArenaVancouver CanucksLos Angeles Kings2–5
September 23Beijing, ChinaCadillac ArenaLos Angeles KingsVancouver Canucks4–3 (SO)

2017 NHL Global Series

On March 24, 2017, the NHL announced the return of regular season games played outside North America in a new event called the NHL Global Series.[7] The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators are set to play two regular season games in Sweden on November 10 and 11. Unlike the previous regular-season series played in Europe by the NHL, these games will not open the season for these teams but will come after a full month of activity.

DateCityTeamTeamScore
November 10Stockholm, SwedenOttawa SenatorsColorado Avalanche4–3 (OT)
November 11Stockholm, SwedenColorado AvalancheOttawa Senators3–4

2018 NHL China Games

NHL China Games
Simplified Chinese NHL中国运动会
Traditional Chinese NHL中國運動會
China Games
Simplified Chinese 中国赛
Traditional Chinese 中國賽
Literal meaning Chinese race

On May 2, 2018, the NHL announced that the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames would play two exhibition games in China for the second consecutive year.[8] Both teams will face each other in Shenzhen, on September 15, and in Beijing, on September 19.

DateCityArenaTeamTeamScore
September 15Shenzhen, ChinaShenzhen Universiade Sports CentreBoston BruinsCalgary Flames
September 19Beijing, ChinaCadillac ArenaCalgary FlamesBoston Bruins

2018 NHL Global Series

On March 26, 2018, the NHL announced the 2018 slate of NHL Global Series games.[9] The New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers will play their season opening games in Sweden on October 6, preceded by two exhibition games against European teams. Meanwhile,the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets are set to play two regular season games in Finland on November 1 and 2.

DateCityArenaTeamTeamScore
October 1Bern, SwitzerlandPostFinance ArenaNew Jersey DevilsSC Bern
October 3Cologne, GermanyLanxess ArenaEdmonton OilersKölner Haie
October 6Gothenburg, SwedenScandinaviumNew Jersey DevilsEdmonton Oilers
November 1Helsinki, FinlandHartwall ArenaFlorida PanthersWinnipeg Jets
November 2Helsinki, FinlandHartwall ArenaWinnipeg JetsFlorida Panthers

See also

References

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