Monday, February 12, 2007

Road Trip

Here's an interesting tidbit from ESPN.com:

The NFL isn't the only North American pro sports league that will play a regular-season game in London during the 2007-08 season. The buzz around the rinks is the NHL is preparing to do the same.

According to multiple league sources, the Los Angeles Kings will open next season with a pair of games at The O2 in London. The O2 is a state-of-the-art arena scheduled to open with a series of Justin Timberlake concerts in early July. It is operated by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), which also owns the Kings.

L.A. will open its London swing with an exhibition contest before the two regular-season games. The Ducks and Canucks are two teams believed to be in the running to accompany the Kings to Great Britain.
The Canucks, of course, opened the Mark Messier era in Japan. (I know most Canucks fans now wish he just stayed there.)

Forget for a second that people in Europe may see these teams more than some in the Eastern Conference, I think it's a great move by the NHL towards expanding its exposure. On the flip side, they'll probably schedule a game involving these same teams on the very next day they fly back, but I digress. I only wonder if they'll get the Queen to drop a ceremonial puck again.

More on this to follow, I'm sure.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 10:05 AM


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