The Nashville Predators will open the 2020-21 season in the Czech Republic as well as play an exhibition game in Switzerland as part of the NHL Global Series, the National Hockey League announced Friday.
The Predators will complete their training camp in Bern, Switzerland, where they will play an exhibition game against SC Bern at PostFinance Arena.
The team will then open the upcoming season against the Boston Bruins at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.
“Starting the 2020-21 season in Europe will be a great new experience for our team both on and off the ice,” Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile said in a news release.
“It will provide for some great team-bonding opportunities and will be super special for our Captain Roman Josi and fellow Bern native Yannick Weber. We are excited to share this once-in-a-lifetime memory with them.”
Josi played for Bern’s Under-17 and Junior clubs before making his Swiss League debut with SC Bern in 2006-07. He went on to help the club win a league title in 2010.
Weber played three seasons with Bern’s junior club, winning a league title in 2005.
“It means a lot for our entire organization to get the opportunity to play games in the Czech Republic and Switzerland,” Josi said.
“It’s really great for myself and Yannick to get to play a game in Bern. Before coming to North America, Bern was the only team I had ever played for growing up, and I watched them play when I was little. I grew up five minutes away from their rink and it’s my hometown club – it’s going to be so special for me, and I can’t wait for the game.”
Game dates, broadcast and ticket information for the 2020 NHL Global Series and the 2020 NHL Global Series challenge will be announced when available.
Fans can register for updates and details at NHL.com/GSSwitzerland and NHL.com/GSCzechRepublic.
“We are elated to once again be selected for one of the League’s marquee events,” Predators President and CEO Sean Henry said in a news release. “Having this opportunity is a true testament to the City of Nashville and the passion of our fans, who are the best in sports.”
The 2020 NHL Global Series marks the fourth straight year and ninth season overall that the NHL has traveled to Europe to play regular-season games.