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The Nationwide Hockey League and the NHL Gamers’ Affiliation launched a joint assertion Friday to announce the postponement of the 2020 NHL World Collection due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators were scheduled to play games in the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany and Switzerland next season.
Boston would have taken on German club Adler Mannheim and Nashville was going to battle Swiss side SC Bern in a pair of exhibition games before the NHL teams faced off in the Czech Republic.
Colorado and Columbus were scheduled to play back-to-back games in Finland.
Although the NHL schedule for the 2020-21 campaign hasn’t been released, the contests between the Avs and Blue Jackets would have likely been regular-season games if the league used the same format as it did for 2019-20. The Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning played twice in Sweden in November.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman discussed the success of the World Collection whereas in Stockholm for the video games between the Sabres and Bolts:
“There’s a easy purpose we imagine that each single recreation that we play in Europe sells out in a matter of hours. And it is the identical purpose that the European recreation of the week with our media companions has been so profitable.
“Hockey is actually a world recreation, and hockey followers in Europe clearly love the sport, and we love the truth that they love the sport, which is why we maintain coming again. Irrespective of the place followers are watching, there’s a worldwide recognition of the unimaginable pace and talent and expertise that is on show in at this time’s NHL.”
November’s video games between Buffalo and Tampa Bay—the Lightning received each matchups by a mixed rating of 8-5—drew over 26,500 complete followers in Sweden.
The NHL World Collection was created in 2017 after a six-year hiatus following the top of the NHL Premiere Collection, which featured video games in Europe from 2007 via 2011.
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