Kelly: As many as eight teams could open next season in Europe

Updated: September 28, 2008, 3:10 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

BERLIN -- It looks like the NHL is going for reinforcements in its European invasion.

With four teams in Europe to kick off the 2008-09 regular season this week it's possible that number could double next fall, the head of the National Hockey League's Players' Association, Paul Kelly, said Sunday.

The number of teams taking part in what is now a two-year tradition of starting the regular season in Europe will grow next fall to six teams presumably in three cities and maybe as many ...

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