Isles to train in China for 10 days

Updated: February 2, 2010, 9:14 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders are making plans to spend part of next season's training camp in China.

The team will head to China for about 10 days in September as the NHL continues to work on making the league and the sport of hockey more prominent on the world stage.

Club owner Charles Wang has established several initiatives to promote the game in his native country.

The NHL opened the past three regular seasons with games throughout Europe. The Islanders' trip, that won't include any games that count in the standings, has been approved by the league, the players' union and the Chinese government, Wang told The New York Times.

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