The Columbus Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche will face off in a pair of 2022-23 regular-season games at Nokia Arena in Tampere, Finland on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 as part of the 2022 NHL Global Series, the club, National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association announced today.
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“The Columbus Blue Jackets are excited to be taking part in the 2022 NHL Global Series Challenge,” said club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen, a native of Kuopio, Finland and the league’s first European-born general manager. “Finnish hockey fans are incredibly passionate, and I am extremely proud to be a part of bringing our team to the place where I learned to love this great game.”
In addition to Kekalainen, the Blue Jackets have two Finnish players on their current roster: winger Patrick Laine and goaltender joonas korpisalo.
The 2022 NHL Global Series will mark the second time the Blue Jackets have played regular-season games in Europe. Columbus also participated in the 2010 NHL Premiere in Stockholm, Sweden. The club split a pair of games with the San Jose Sharks, falling 3-2 on Oct. 8, 2010, and winning 3-2 in overtime the following night.
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Blue Jackets fans interested in ticket & travel packages to the games can sign up at www.nhl.com/bluejackets/team/global-series. The cost of Fan Tour packages is estimated around $4,000 per person and include: roundtrip airfare; hotel accommodations; tickets to both Blue Jackets games; access to an exclusive Blue Jackets event; tour guide and sightseeing tours; Global Series Commemorative Gift; meals and more. Complete package information will be sent to all who sign up on Monday, May 2.
INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS ON SALE THROUGH LIVE NATION
Individual game tickets to the 2022 NHL Global Series will go on sale to the public through Live Nation. Ticket sale opportunities are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Tickets and VIP hospitality packages to the Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 NHL Global Series games between the Blue Jackets and Avalanche will go on sale at 10 am EET (Eastern European Time), which is 4 am ET (Eastern Time), on Friday, April 29 HERE. The start times for the two games will be announced at a later date.
The 2022 NHL Global Series will also feature the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators opening their seasons with a pair of games at the 02 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic on October 7 and 8.
The 2022 NHL Global Series will mark the ninth season overall that the NHL has traveled to Europe to play regular-season games. These games reward the legions of loyal and passionate fans in Europe who enjoy live NHL games available via international broadcast and media partners. The NHL’s biggest stars are also featured across numerous social media platforms and on NHL.com in nine languages for the League’s international fans. There have been 28 regular-season NHL games played in Europe. To date, there have been five NHL regular-season games played in the Czech Republic, which have all been played at O2 Arena in Prague. This year’s games in Finland will mark the first NHL regular-season games to ever be played in Tampere.
More information on the 2022 NHL Global Series and 2022 NHL Global Series Challenge will be announced when available on NHL.com/fi, NHL.com/cs and NHL.com/de and international social media accounts @NHL_fi, @NHLcz and @NHLde , which will serve as the official home for all of the latest news and information about the 2022 NHL Global Series as well as other features from around the NHL. Media wishing to receive notifications and advisories related to the 2022 NHL Global Series and 2022 NHL Global Series Challenge must register and opt-in at www.media.nhl.com.
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