According to multiple sources, the Los Angeles Kings will open next season with a pair of games at The O2 in London. The O2 is a state-of-the-art arena scheduled to open with a series of Justin Timberlake concerts in early July. It is operated by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), which also owns the Kings.
L.A. will open its London swing with an exhibition contest before the two regular-season games. The Ducks and Canucks are two teams believed to be in the running to accompany the Kings to Great Britain.
Given the large numbers of European players in the NHL, it makes some sense that the NHL try and get the European Fans engaged in the game. I am skeptical as the NHL has failed to expand the market in America and is already maxed out in Canada. Much like the United States, the passion of Europe lays elsewhere in soccer. Ice hockey in Europe sees its best talent leave for the US and relegated to billboards on skates.
The other part is as a Kingâ€™s Season Ticket Holder, itâ€™s a win-loss proposition. I lose some home games to go to, but I guess its an excuse to go on vacation to London.
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