Bettman: NHL hopes for 'more permanent presence' in Europe
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- The NHL is giving two more countries a first look at regular-season games this weekend, and it's a sight Europeans should be getting used to.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday that the season-opening doubleheaders in the Czech and Swedish capitals Saturday and Sunday "are hopefully ushering an era of a more permanent presence for the league [in Europe]."
While the NHL is still far away from establishing franchises in Europe, it is creating "a program ...
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