It's official: Blackhawks to open 2019-20 season in Prague against Flyers originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com
The Blackhawks are officially heading overseas next season.
As part of the third annual NHL Global Series, the Blackhawks will take on the Philadelphia Flyers in Prague, Czech Republic to open the 2019-20 season on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. CT. They will also wrap up their training camp and preseason schedule with an exhibition game on Sept. 29 in Berlin, Germany against Eisbaren Berlin at 1:30 p.m.
"Participating in marquee National Hockey League events like the NHL Global Series is always something the Blackhawks organization does with great honor," Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough said in a statement. "Similar to the last time we played in Europe in 2009, there is a lot of excitement surrounding the Blackhawks and this is a great opportunity to share that passion with our fans across Europe."
It's the first time since the 2009-10 campaign that the Blackhawks will start a season overseas when they played a two-game series against the Florida Panthers in Helsinki, Finland. They later went on to win their first Stanley Cup in 49 years.
"It's pretty exciting," Patrick Kane said. "We haven't done it in a while, and last time we did it we had some success the season after that with winning the Cup. It's nice to go and see some new places and go over to Europe and represent the NHL and try to help grow the game a little bit. The Blackhawks are always a team that's involved in a lot of these big events. We take pride in that and we're looking forward to heading over there."
Dominik Kahun and David Kampf are the only two players on the current Blackhawks roster with ties to both countries. Kahun is a German native and was a member of Germany's Olympic hockey team that won a silver medal in 2018 while Kampf if a Czech native who represented his country at the World Junior Championships.
Despite being the road team for the event, the Blackhawks will still have 41 regular-season home games at the United Center next season.