It’s official. The Flyers are going international.
The Philadelphia Flyers will participate in the 2019 NHL Global Series at the end of September and beginning of October this year.
The Flyers will finish 2019 Training Camp with a game on Monday, Sept. 30 against Lausanne HC of the Swiss National League at Vaudoise Arena in Lausanne, Switzerland. They will open the 2019 season in Prague, Czech Republic against the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 4 at O2 Arena.
This will be the first time the Philadelphia Flyers franchise play a game outside of North America.
“This is truly a historic moment for the organization as we take our hockey club overseas for the very first time. Throughout our history we have had a number of players from many different countries worldwide call Philadelphia home. Now, we are excited to have this opportunity to represent the Flyers on the international stage, and we look forward to opening the 2019-20 season against the Chicago Blackhawks in Prague,” Paul Holmgren said
The Flyers currently have three Czech players on their roster: Jake Voracek, Radko Gudas and Michal Neuvirth. Neuvirth is a free agent at the end of this season, however.
Voracek and Gudas are both from Kladno, which is just outside of Prague.
“Obviously it’s something that as a kid, you don’t think it’s possible,” Voracek said. “But with the way the NHL is going, I think it’s great for us to see all the friends and family, being able to attend an NHL game you can participate in. It’ll be special. It’s going to be exciting. I think everyone’s pretty pumped up for Prague.”
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Gudas said. “There was one game in Czech a lot of years back and it had a really good [feel], people really loved it and I believe the Czech people deserve an NHL game. The people are going to love it and it’s going to be a big deal for us.”
Tickets to the October 4 game in Prague will go on sale to the public beginning on Wednesday, March 27, while tickets to the game in Switzerland will go on sale beginning Wednesday, April 10.