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NHL to play first-ever preseason games in China stat : NHL.com

as mentioned in “The 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G.
More information on the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G.
BEIJING — At the invitation of Bloomage International and as a piece of the National Hockey League’s long-term business strategy in China, the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks will face off in the first-ever preseason games played in China as part of the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G.
Packaging, the NHL®, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and Bloomage International jointly announced today.
The players on the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks are looking forward to participating in the 2017 NHL China Games for what will certainly be a great experience in their careers.”

NHL to play first-ever preseason games in China

as declared in BEIJING The National Hockey League (NHL) will stage two annual pre-season games in China from this year as it looks to build interest in the country that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, even as its participation in next year’s Games remains in doubt.
NHL team owners are unhappy at having to shut down the season for two-and-a-half weeks and exposing their top players to injury during the Winter Games.
Bettman said the NHL was committed to growing the sport in China regardless of whether its players took part in the Olympics.
Recent Winter Olympics have been preceded by the question of whether NHL players will take part, with Bettman saying last week that people should assume the league would not send its players to South Korea.
The announcement in Beijing comes as the NHL has yet to decide whether its players will take part in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

China to host NHL exhibition games in run-up to 2022 Winter Olympics

as declared in Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the launch of the NHL China Games at a news conference Thursday morning at Le Sports Center.
The NHL will play its first games in China this fall when the Kings and Canucks meet in Beijing and Shanghai.
(Alex Gallardo, File/Associated Press)BEIJING — The NHL will play its first games in China this fall when the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks meet in Beijing and Shanghai.
The Canucks, Kings, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs and Washington Capitals have already conducted camps for young Chinese players.
“We’ll play our best part in unlocking the potential of ice hockey and pushing on the arrival of the golden era of ice hockey in China, thus realizing the vision of 300 million people on ice as reality and making China a new and uprising ice hockey power,” Zhou said.

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