- Detroit joins Minnesota, Ottawa and Toronto in Stockholm from Nov. 16-19
The next chapter of the rich history between the Detroit Red Wings and Sweden is about to be written.
The National Hockey League and NHL/NHL Players’ Association announced on Wednesday, April 26 that the Red Wings will join the Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs for four regular-season games at Avicii Arena in Stockholm as part of the 2023 NHL Global Series – Sweden.
Detroit will face off against Atlantic Division foe Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 16., before a rivalry clash against Toronto on Friday, Nov. 17. After the Senators take on the Wild on Saturday, Nov. 18, the Maple Leafs will play Minnesota on Sunday, Nov. 19.
“Sweden is a really fun and cool country,” said forward Lucas Raymond, who is a native of Gothenburg and was selected fourth overall by Detroit in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. “There are a lot of fun things to do, culture to experience and landmarks that have been there for a long time. Stockholm is an exciting city.”
Tickets for the Global Series in Sweden will go on-sale to the public on Wednesday, May 2. Red Wings fans can inquire here about fan travel options, including packages that include airfare, hotel accommodations, tickets to both Red Wings games, ground transportation, sightseeing, select meals and more.
The 2023 NHL Global Series will mark the second time the Red Wings have played regular-season games in Europe. Detroit also opened its 2009-10 regular season in Stockholm with two games against the St. Louis Blues.
In 1938, the Red Wings also played a nine-game postseason series against the Montreal Canadiens in Great Britain and France. The series was played in three different arenas in Paris and London, marking the first overseas tour by NHL players.
Detroit’s current roster is comprised of six Swedish players – Raymond, Jonatan Berggren, Simon Edvinsson, Robert Hagg, Magnus Hellberg and Gustav Lindstrom.
“I’m very excited to be able to play an NHL game in my home country in front of family and friends,” Raymond said. “It will be a great experience.”
Nearly 40 former or current Swedes have worn the Winged Wheel over the years, with stars like Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom, Niklas Kronwall and others helping establish a tradition of Swedish excellence in Hockeytown.
The 2023 NHL Global Series will see a record four NHL clubs in one European city for regular-season contests. To date, there have been 38 regular-season games played in Sweden, 12 of which were contested in Stockholm at the formerly known Ericsson Globe.
Original story posted on NHL.com by Jonathan Mills