It seems the Rangers are trying to play a bigger European tour than any major rock band. Today it was announced by the league that the Rangers would play on October 2nd in Slovakia, against Bratislava based side HC Slovan.
It’s fair to say that the Rangers will be busy during their trip over to Europe. They play the following pre season games:
- 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, Switzerland
After cramming in four games in four different countries, the Blueshirts head to Stockholm, Sweden to take on the LA Kings and the Anaheim Ducks in their regular season openers on October 7th and 8th. Yours truly will be there (good times assured!).
How many Swedes will make the Rangers starting roster for the regular season openers? Only one is guaranteed thanks to Swedish national hero Henrik Lundqvist but Tim Erixon and Carl Hagelin both have legitimate chances while it’s too early to rule out a prospect such as Oscar Lindberg. In addition to the Swedish contingent is the potential return of former SEL star Mats Zuccarello. If 4 of these guys make the roster there’s no doubting which team will garner the most support in Stockholm.