Before the season-2017/18 "Los Angeles" and "Vancouver" will hold exhibition matches in China

"Los Angeles" and "Vancouver" will hold the first ever NHL pre-season matches in China.

This decision was made within the framework of the NHL's long-term business strategy in the Chinese direction. The matches will be held on September 21 in Shanghai and September 23 in Beijing.

"We look forward to the first matches in China and other events that will inspire generations of Chinese players and fans to enjoy our sport. We understand the importance of helping China to create a strong state program for hockey development and are happy to support this aspiration in any accessible way, "said NHL commissioner Gary Bettmen.