Bettman: NHL hopes for 'more permanent presence' in Europe

Updated: October 2, 2008, 6:31 PM ET
Associated Press

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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