NEW YORK/TORONTO -- The New York Rangers will play an exhibition game in Bratislava, Slovakia, against HC Slovan at SLOVNAFT Arena, on Sunday, Oct. 2, as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge. Face off will be 5 p.m. local time/11 a.m. ET
"HC Slovan Bratislava is proud to welcome one of the classiest NHL organizations to our arena at the beginning of the new season," said Maros Krajci, general manager of HC Slovan. "Next season is an historic one in Bratislava, as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of playing hockey in our city."
In 2008, HC Slovan hosted an NHL exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Vincent Lecavalier scored a power play goal early in the third period to tie the score a 2-2, with the Lightning prevailing 3-2 after a shootout. Bratislava recently completed a successful experience as host of the 2011 IIHF World Championships.
For the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge, the Rangers will play a total of four exhibition games in Europe: Sept. 29 - HC Sparta Prague at TESLA Arena in Prague, Czech Republic Sept. 30 - Frolunda Indians at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden Oct. 2 - HC Slovan at SLOVNAFT Arena in Bratislava Oct. 3 - EV Zug at Bossard Arena in Zug, SwitzerlandThe Rangers will open their 2011-12 NHL regular season by playing two games at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, Oct. 7 against the Los Angeles Kings and Saturday, Oct. 8 against the Anaheim Ducks. 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere™ marks a record fifth consecutive season the NHL will be playing regular-season games in Europe. NHL teams will play a total of four games in three different European capital cities -- Berlin, Stockholm and Helsinki -- Oct. 7-8, 2011. By the end of 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere™, 17 NHL teams -- over half of the NHL -- will have played regular-season and exhibition games in Europe since 2007.