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Boston Bruins set to play games in Ireland, Czech Republic

Jun 21, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

For the first time in more than 50 years, the Boston Bruins look like they’ll take a European vacation. From exhibition games in Ireland to two season-opening matches in Prague, the team might be a little jet-lagged to start the 2010-11 season, but my guess is most of them will find the trip worthwhile.

NHL.com has the story.

The Boston Bruins are slated to play an exhibition game at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. local time as part of the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge.

The Bruins will play the Belfast Giants Select, a unified team comprised of an All-Star selection of the best of the UK Elite League players from each team. Ticket sales and broadcast information for this game will be released at a later date.

The Bruins will officially open their 2010-11 NHL regular season by playing the Phoenix Coyotes in two games at Prague’s O2 Arena on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10.

The Bruins return to Europe for the first time in 50 years. After the 1958-59 season, the Bruins and New York Rangers embarked on a 10-city, 23-game European tour that included games in London, Geneva, Paris, Antwerp, Zurich, Berlin and Vienna, among others.

Wow, a 23-game tour of Europe that took place in 10 different cities? That’s an amazing tour to help build the game.

Expect more interesting developments regarding the 2010-11 regular and exhibition season as the schedule comes out over the next week or so.

  1. David Smith - Jun 21, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    That’s great for the promotion of hockey in the UK, but for the record, they are not playing in Ireland, they are playing in Northern Ireland which is part of the UK. You should check out an atlas some time.

  2. Clayton Taylor - Jun 22, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    YES!! an NHL team playing in Belfast I can’t wait until they come!!!

  3. doug - Aug 11, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Can someone please tell me where I can get tickets for the Bruins game in Prague…….thx

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