Throughout the history of the National Hockey League (NHL), there has been a long-standing tradition of international games played by NHL teams. The following is a list of games played by NHL teams against other NHL teams and non-NHL teams outside the United States and Canada, as well games played by NHL teams in the United States and Canada against non-North American teams. The NHL began playing games around the globe, with 30 teams traveling to 15 countries across Europe and Asia since the Montreal Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings first went to Europe for a postseason exhibition tour in 1938. The game played on 21 April 1938 was the first one organized by any Major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada, to take place outside North America. In the tables below bolded team names denote winners.
1938 Detroit Red Wings–Montreal Canadiens European tour
In 1938, for the first time in NHL history two of the league's teams, the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens, went on a tour of Europe with a nine-game series in England and France. The Canadiens won the series with a record of 5–3–1.
|April 21||Earls Court, England||Detroit Red Wings||Montreal Canadiens||5–4 (OT)|
|April 23||Brighton, England||Detroit Red Wings||Montreal Canadiens||5–5|
|April 25||Paris, France||Detroit Red Wings||Montreal Canadiens||10–8|
|April 27||Detroit Red Wings||Montreal Canadiens||4–3|
|April 29||Detroit Red Wings||Montreal Canadiens||7–5|
|May 5||Earls Court, England||6–3|
|May 7||Brighton, England||Detroit Red Wings||Montreal Canadiens||10–5|
|May 10||Earls Court, England||Detroit Red Wings||Montreal Canadiens||5–4|
|May 14||Brighton, England||Detroit Red Wings||Montreal Canadiens||5–2|
1959 Boston Bruins–New York Rangers European tour
In 1959, the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers (aided by Bobby Hull, Ed Litzenberger, Eric Nesterenko, and Pierre Pilote of the Chicago Black Hawks) went on a 23-game tour of Europe, visiting England, Switzerland, France, Belgium, West Germany, and Austria. The Rangers won the series with a record of 11–9–3.
|April 29||London, England||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||7–5|
|April 30||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||4–3|
|May 2||Geneva, Switzerland||4–3|
|May 3||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||12–4|
|May 4||Paris, France||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||6–2|
|May 5||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||6–4|
|May 6||Antwerp, Belgium||6–3|
|May 7||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||6–3|
|May 9||Zürich, Switzerland||7–6|
|May 10||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||4–2|
|May 12||Dortmund, West Germany||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||4–2|
|May 13||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||6–4|
|May 14||Essen, West Germany||6–4|
|May 15||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||4–3|
|May 16||Krefeld, West Germany||8–0|
|May 19||Berlin, West Germany||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||6–6|
|May 20||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||3–2|
|May 21||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||8–2|
|May 22||Vienna, Austria||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||2–2|
|May 23||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||5–3|
|May 24||Boston Bruins||New York Rangers||4–4|
1975–76 Super Series
In late 1975 and early 1976, two Soviet League teams from Moscow, USSR (CSKA, also known as "Red Army", and Krylya Sovetov, also known as "Soviet Wings") played an eight-game series against several NHL teams (the Chicago Black Hawks, the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Pittsburgh Penguins). The games took place in the USA and Canada. The Soviet teams won the series with a record of 5–2–1. Individually, CSKA had a record of 2–1–1 and Krylya Sovetov had a record of 3–1–0.
|December 28, 1975||New York City, USA||CSKA Moscow||New York Rangers||7–3|
|December 29, 1975||Pittsburgh, USA||Krylya Sovetov Moscow||Pittsburgh Penguins||7–4|
|December 31, 1975||Montreal, Canada||CSKA Moscow||Montreal Canadiens||3–3|
|January 4, 1976||Buffalo, New York, USA||Krylya Sovetov Moscow||Buffalo Sabres||6–12|
|January 7, 1976||Chicago, USA||Krylya Sovetov Moscow||Chicago Black Hawks||4–2|
|January 8, 1976||Boston, USA||CSKA Moscow||Boston Bruins||5–2|
|January 10, 1976||Uniondale, New York, USA||Krylya Sovetov Moscow||New York Islanders||2–1|
|January 11, 1976||Philadelphia, USA||CSKA Moscow||Philadelphia Flyers||1–4|
1977–78 Czechoslovak NHL tour and Super Series
In late 1977 and early 1978, two Czechoslovakian teams (Poldi Kladno and Tesla Pardubice) along with one Soviet team (Spartak Moscow) went on a 13-game tour of the NHL, playing against several NHL teams (the Atlanta Flames, the Chicago Black Hawks, the Cleveland Barons, the Colorado Rockies, the Detroit Red Wings, the Minnesota North Stars, the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the St. Louis Blues, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Vancouver Canucks). Games took place in the USA and Canada. Both sides finished the series with 6–6–1 records. Individually, Kladno had a record of 2–1–1, Pardubice had a record of 1–3–0 (combined Czech record of 3–4–1), and Spartak had a record of 3–2–0.
|December 26, 1977||New York City, USA||Poldi Kladno||New York Rangers||4–4|
|Philadelphia, USA||Tesla Pardubice||Philadelphia Flyers||1–6|
|December 28, 1977||Vancouver, Canada||Spartak Moscow||Vancouver Canucks||0–2|
|December 31, 1977||Chicago, USA||Poldi Kladno||Chicago Black Hawks||6–4|
|Bloomington, Minnesota, USA||Tesla Pardubice||Minnesota North Stars||4–2|
|January 2, 1978||Toronto, Canada||Poldi Kladno||Toronto Maple Leafs||8–5|
|Detroit, USA||Tesla Pardubice||Detroit Red Wings||4–5|
|January 3, 1978||Denver, USA||Spartak Moscow||Colorado Rockies||8–3|
|January 4, 1978||Richfield, Ohio, USA||Poldi Kladno||Cleveland Barons||3–4|
|Uniondale, New York, USA||Tesla Pardubice||New York Islanders||3–8|
|January 5, 1978||St. Louis, USA||Spartak Moscow||St. Louis Blues||2–1|
|January 6, 1978||Montreal, Canada||Spartak Moscow||Montreal Canadiens||2–5|
|January 8, 1978||Atlanta, USA||Spartak Moscow||Atlanta Flames||2–1|
1978–79 Super Series
In late 1978 and early 1979, Soviet Union's Krylya Sovetov from Moscow played a four-game series against NHL teams (the Boston Bruins, the Detroit Red Wings, the Minnesota North Stars, and the Philadelphia Flyers). Games took place in the United States. Krylya Sovetov won the series with a 2–1–1 record.
|December 31, 1978||Bloomington||Krylya Sovetov||Minnesota North Stars||8–5|
|January 2, 1979||Philadelphia||Krylya Sovetov||Philadelphia Flyers||4–4|
|January 4, 1979||Detroit||Detroit Red Wings||5–6|
|January 9, 1979||Boston||Krylya Sovetov||Boston Bruins||4–1|
1979 Challenge Cup
The 1979 Challenge Cup was a series of international ice hockey games between the Soviet Union national ice hockey team and a team of All-Stars from the National Hockey League. The games were played on February 8, 10, and 11 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It replaced the NHL's all-star festivities for the 1978–79 NHL season. The Soviets defeated the NHL All-Stars 2 games to 1.
|February 8, 1979||NHL All-Stars||Soviet Union||4–2|
|February 10, 1979||Soviet Union||NHL All-Stars||5–4|
|February 11, 1979||6–0|
1979–80 Super Series
In late 1979 and early 1980, two Soviet teams from Moscow, CSKA and Dynamo, played a nine-game series against several NHL teams (the Buffalo Sabres, the Edmonton Oilers, the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Quebec Nordiques, the Vancouver Canucks, the Washington Capitals, and the original Winnipeg Jets). Games took place in the USA and Canada. The Moscow teams won the series with a record of 5–3–1. Individually, CSKA had a record of 3–2–0, and Dynamo had a record of 2–1–1.
|December 26, 1979||Vancouver, Canada||Dynamo Moscow||Vancouver Canucks||2–6|
|December 27, 1979||New York City, USA||CSKA Moscow||New York Rangers||5–2|
|December 29, 1979||Uniondale, New York, USA||New York Islanders||3–2|
|December 31, 1979||Montreal, Canada||CSKA Moscow||Montreal Canadiens||2–4|
|January 2, 1980||Winnipeg, Canada||Dynamo Moscow||Winnipeg Jets||7–0|
|January 3, 1980||Buffalo, New York, USA||CSKA Moscow||Buffalo Sabres||1–6|
|January 4, 1980||Edmonton, Canada||Dynamo Moscow||Edmonton Oilers||4–1|
|January 6, 1980||Quebec City, Canada||CSKA Moscow||Quebec Nordiques||6–4|
|January 8, 1980||Landover, Maryland, USA||Dynamo Moscow||Washington Capitals||5–5|
1980 NHL–Sweden tournament
In 1980, the Minnesota North Stars and the Washington Capitals participated in a five-game tournament in Sweden with Swedish teams AIK Stockholm and Djurgarden Stockholm. The NHL teams won the tournament with a record of 5–1–0 (including the first NHL-only game; 4–0–0 against Swedish opponents). Minnesota had a record of 2–1–0 and Washington had a record of 3–0–0. Both Swedish teams had a record of 0–2–0.
|September 22||Stockholm||Washington Capitals||Minnesota North Stars||4–3 2OT|
|September 23||Minnesota North Stars||Djurgarden Stockholm||8–0|
|September 24||Washington Capitals||AIK Stockholm||2–1|
|September 25||Minnesota North Stars||AIK Stockholm||4–3|
|September 26||Washington Capitals||Djurgarden Stockholm||3–2|
1981 NHL–Europe tournament
In 1981, the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals participated in a nine-game tournament in Finland and Sweden with Finnish teams HIFK and Oulun Kärpät, and Swedish teams Frölunda, AIK, and Djurgarden. The NHL teams won the tournament with a 6–4–0 record (including the NHL-only game; 5–3–0 excluding it). New York had a record of 4–1–0 and Washington had a record of 2–3–0 (both including the NHL-only game). AIK had a record of 1–1–0, Djurgarden had a record of 0–2–0, Frölunda had a record of 1–1–0, HIFK had a record of 1–0–0, Kärpät had a record of 0–1–0 (for a combined European total of 3–5–0).
|September 17||Helsinki, Finland||New York Rangers||HIFK Helsinki||1–4|
|September 17||Gothenburg, Sweden||Washington Capitals||Frölunda Gothenburg||4–7|
|September 18||Stockholm, Sweden||AIK Stockholm||1–6|
|September 18||Stockholm, Sweden||New York Rangers||Djurgarden Stockholm||5–1|
|September 20||Stockholm, Sweden||Washington Capitals||4–1|
|September 22||Stockholm, Sweden||Washington Capitals||Djurgarden Stockholm||5–2|
|September 22||Gothenburg, Sweden||New York Rangers||Frölunda Gothenburg||7–1|
|September 23||Stockholm, Sweden||AIK Stockholm||4–1|
|September 24||Oulu, Finland||Washington Capitals||Oulun Kärpät||5–3|
1982–83 Super Series
In late 1982 and early 1983, the USSR national team played a six-game series against several NHL teams (the Calgary Flames, the Edmonton Oilers, the Minnesota North Stars, the Montreal Canadiens, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Quebec Nordiques). Games took place in the USA and Canada. The USSR team won the series with a 4–2–0 record.
|December 28, 1982||Edmonton, AB, Canada||USSR||Edmonton Oilers||3–4|
|December 30, 1982||Quebec City, Quebec, Canada||USSR||Quebec Nordiques||3–0|
|December 31, 1982||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Montreal Canadiens||5–0|
|January 2, 1983||Calgary, AB, Canada||USSR||Calgary Flames||2–3|
|January 4, 1983||Bloomington, Minnesota, USA||USSR||Minnesota North Stars||6–3|
|January 6, 1983||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA||Philadelphia Flyers||5–1|
1985–86 Super Series
In late 1985 and early 1986, two Soviet teams from Moscow, CSKA and Dynamo, played a ten-game series against several NHL teams (the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Calgary Flames, the Edmonton Oilers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars, the Montreal Canadiens, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Quebec Nordiques, and the St. Louis Blues). Games took place in the USA and Canada. The Moscow teams won the series with a record of 7–2–1. Individually, CSKA had a record of 5–1–0 and Dynamo had a record of 2–1–1.
|December 26, 1985||Inglewood, California, USA||CSKA Moscow||Los Angeles Kings||5–2|
|December 27, 1985||Edmonton, AB, Canada||Edmonton Oilers||6–3|
|December 29, 1985||Quebec City, Quebec, Canada||CSKA Moscow||Quebec Nordiques||1–5|
|December 29, 1985||Calgary, AB, Canada||Dynamo Moscow||Calgary Flames||3–4|
|December 31, 1985||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||CSKA Moscow||Montreal Canadiens||6–1|
|January 2, 1986||St. Louis, Missouri, USA||St. Louis Blues||4–2|
|January 4, 1986||Bloomington, Minnesota, USA||Minnesota North Stars||4–3 (OT)|
|January 4, 1986||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA||Dynamo Moscow||Pittsburgh Penguins||3–3|
|January 6, 1986||Boston, Massachusetts, USA||Dynamo Moscow||Boston Bruins||6–4|
|January 8, 1986||Buffalo, New York, USA||Buffalo Sabres||7–4|
Rendez-vous '87 was a series of international ice hockey games between the Soviet Union national ice hockey team and a team of All-Stars from the National Hockey League. The games were played on February 11 and 13 at Le Colisée in Quebec City. It replaced the NHL's all-star festivities for the 1986–87 NHL season. Both teams won one of the two games, with the soviets winning overall on total score, 8–7.
|February 11, 1987||Soviet Union||NHL All-Stars||4–3|
|February 13, 1987||Soviet Union||NHL All-Stars||5–3|
1988–89 Super Series
In late 1988 and early 1989 two Soviet League teams, CSKA Moscow and Dinamo Riga, played a 14-games series against several NHL teams (the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Calgary Flames, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Edmonton Oilers, the Hartford Whalers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars, the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Quebec Nordiques, the St. Louis Blues, and the Vancouver Canucks). Games took place in the USA and Canada. Both sides finished with a record of 6–6–2. Individually, CSKA had a record of 4–2–1 and Dinamo had a record of 2–4–1.
|December 26, 1988||Quebec City, Quebec, Canada||CSKA Moscow||Quebec Nordiques||5–5|
|December 27, 1988||Calgary, AB, Canada||Dinamo Riga||Calgary Flames||2–2|
|December 28, 1988||Edmonton, AB, Canada||Edmonton Oilers||1–2|
|December 29, 1988||Uniondale, New York, USA||CSKA Moscow||New York Islanders||3–2|
|December 30, 1988||Vancouver, BC, Canada||Dinamo Riga||Vancouver Canucks||1–6|
|December 31, 1988||Boston, Massachusetts, USA||CSKA Moscow||Boston Bruins||5–4|
|Inglewood, California, USA||Dinamo Riga||Los Angeles Kings||5–3|
|January 2, 1989||East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA||CSKA Moscow||New Jersey Devils||5–0|
|January 4, 1989||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA||CSKA Moscow||Pittsburgh Penguins||2–4|
|Chicago, Illinois, USA||Dinamo Riga||Chicago Blackhawks||1–4|
|January 5, 1989||St. Louis, Missouri, USA||St. Louis Blues||0–5|
|January 7, 1989||Bloomington, Minnesota, USA||Dinamo Riga||Minnesota North Stars||2–1|
|Hartford, Connecticut, USA||CSKA Moscow||Hartford Whalers||6–3|
|January 9, 1989||Buffalo, New York, USA||CSKA Moscow||Buffalo Sabres||5–6 (OT)|
1989 Calgary Flames–Washington Capitals European tour
In 1989, the Calgary Flames and the Washington Capitals went on a twelve-game European tour, playing against teams from Sweden (Färjestad BK and Brynäs IF) and the USSR (CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Dinamo Riga, Khimik Voskresensk, Krylya Sovetov Moscow, SKA Leningrad, Sokol Kiev, and Spartak Moscow). The Flames preceded these games with a two-game series in Czechoslovakia against the Czechoslovakia national team, losing both. The NHL teams won the series with a record of 7–5–0 (0–2–0 against Czechoslovakia, 1–1–0 against the Swedish teams, and 6–2–0 against Soviet teams). Individually, Calgary had a record of 3–3–0 and Washington had a record of 4–2–0.
|September 10||Prague, Czechoslovakia||Calgary Flames||Czechoslovakia||2–4|
|September 12||Karlstad, Sweden||Washington Capitals||Färjestad BK||4–7|
|September 13||Gävle, Sweden||Washington Capitals||Brynäs IF||3–1|
|September 14||Voskresensk, USSR||Calgary Flames||Khimik Voskresensk||4–2|
|September 15||Moscow, USSR||Washington Capitals||Spartak Moscow||8–7 (OT)|
|September 16||Kiev, USSR||Calgary Flames||Sokol Kiev||5–2|
|September 17||Moscow, USSR||Washington Capitals||Dynamo Moscow||2–7|
|September 18||Calgary Flames||Krylya Sovetov Moscow||3–2 (OT)|
|September 19||Riga, USSR||Washington Capitals||Dinamo Riga||2–1 (OT)|
|September 20||Moscow, USSR||Calgary Flames||CSKA Moscow||1–2|
|September 21||Leningrad, USSR||Washington Capitals||SKA Leningrad||5–4|
1989–90 Super Series
In late 1989 and early 1990 a record four Soviet teams (CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Khimik Voskresensk, and Krylya Sovetov Moscow went on a 21-game tour of North America, playing against every NHL team (the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Calgary Flames, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Red Wings, the Edmonton Oilers, the Hartford Whalers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars, the Montreal Canadiens, the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Quebec Nordiques, the St. Louis Blues, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Vancouver Canucks, the Washington Capitals, and the original Winnipeg Jets). Games took place in the USA and Canada. The Soviet teams won the series with a record of 11–9–1. Individually, CSKA has a record of 4–1–0, Dynamo had a record of 3–2–0, Khimik had a record of 3–3–0, and Krylya Sovetov had a record of 1–3–1.
|December 4, 1989||Inglewood, California, USA||Khimik Voskresensk||Los Angeles Kings||6–3|
|December 6, 1989||Edmonton, AB, Canada||Khimik Voskresensk||Edmonton Oilers||2–6|
|December 8, 1989||Calgary, AB, Canada||Calgary Flames||3–6|
|December 11, 1989||Detroit, Michigan, USA||Khimik Voskresensk||Detroit Red Wings||4–2|
|December 12, 1989||Landover, Maryland, USA||Khimik Voskresensk||Washington Capitals||2–5|
|December 14, 1989||St.Louis, Missouri, USA||Khimik Voskresensk||St. Louis Blues||6–3|
|December 26, 1989||Uniondale, New York, USA||Krylya Sovetov Moscow||New York Islanders||4–5|
|December 27, 1989||Hartford, Connecticut, USA||Hartford Whalers||3–4 (OT)|
|Winnipeg, MB, Canada||CSKA Moscow||Winnipeg Jets||1–4|
|December 29, 1989||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA||Dynamo Moscow||Pittsburgh Penguins||5–2|
|Vancouver, BC, Canada||CSKA Moscow||Vancouver Canucks||6–0|
|December 31, 1989||Quebec City, Quebec, Canada||Krylya Sovetov Moscow||Quebec Nordiques||4–4|
|Toronto, ON, Canada||Dynamo Moscow||Toronto Maple Leafs||7–4|
|January 1, 1990||New York City, New York, USA||Krylya Sovetov Moscow||New York Rangers||3–1|
|January 2, 1990||Bloomington, Minnesota, USA||CSKA Moscow||Minnesota North Stars||4–2|
|January 3, 1990||Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Krylya Sovetov Moscow||Montreal Canadiens||1–2|
|January 3, 1990||Buffalo, New York, USA||Dynamo Moscow||Buffalo Sabres||2–4|
|January 6, 1990||East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA||New Jersey Devils||1���7|
|January 7, 1990||Chicago, Illinois, USA||CSKA Moscow||Chicago Blackhawks||6–4|
|January 9, 1990||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA||Philadelphia Flyers||5–4|
|January 9, 1990||Boston, Massachusetts, USA||Dynamo Moscow||Boston Bruins||3–1|
1990 Edmonton Oilers–St. Louis Blues European tournament
In 1990, the Edmonton Oilers and the St. Louis Blues participated in a four-game tournament in Europe, taking place in Austria and West Germany, playing against the Austrian team Graz EC and the German team Düsseldorf EG. The NHL teams won the tournament with a record of 3–0–0, excluding the NHL-only game.
|September 6||Düsseldorf, West Germany||St. Louis Blues||Düsseldorf EG||3–1|
|September 7||Edmonton Oilers||Düsseldorf EG||2–0|
|September 8||St. Louis Blues||Edmonton Oilers||10–1|
|September 14||Graz, Austria||Edmonton Oilers||Graz EC||12–3|
1990 Minnesota North Stars–Montreal Canadiens European tour
In 1990, the Minnesota North Stars and the Montreal Canadiens went on a nine-game tour of Europe, with a game in Sweden against AIK, and the rest in the USSR against CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Khimik Voskresensk, Krylya Sovetov Moscow, a SKA Leningrad/Torpedo Yaroslavl joint squad, Sokol Kiev, Spartak Moscow, and Latvian (country declared its independence from the USSR on 4 May) team Dinamo Riga. The European teams won the series with a record of 5–4–0. Individually, the Canadiens had a record of 3–2–0 and the North Stars had a record of 1–3–0.
|September 10||Stockholm, Sweden||Montreal Canadiens||AIK Stockholm||7–1|
|September 12||Leningrad, USSR||SKA Leningrad/Torpedo Yaroslavl||5–3|
|September 13||Moskva, USSR||Minnesota North Stars||Spartak Moscow||5–8|
|September 14||Riga, Latvia||Montreal Canadiens||Dinamo Riga||4–2|
|September 15||Moskva, USSR||Minnesota North Stars||Krylya Sovetov Moscow||2–3 (OT)|
|September 16||Montreal Canadiens||Dynamo Moscow||1–4|
|September 17||Voskresensk, USSR||Minnesota North Stars||Khimik Voskresensk||3–2|
|September 18||Moskva, USSR||Montreal Canadiens||CSKA Moscow||2–3 (OT)|
|September 19||Kiev, Ukraine||Minnesota North Stars||Sokol Kiev||0–5|
1990–91 Super Series
In late 1990 and early 1991 three Soviet teams (CSKA Moscow, Dynamo Moscow, Khimik Voskresensk) went on a 21-game tour of North America, playing against every NHL team (the Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Calgary Flames, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Red Wings, the Edmonton Oilers, the Hartford Whalers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Minnesota North Stars, the Montreal Canadiens, the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Quebec Nordiques, the St. Louis Blues, the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Vancouver Canucks, the Washington Capitals, and the original Winnipeg Jets). Games took place in the USA and Canada. The Soviet teams won the series with a record of 12–6–3. Individually, CSKA had a record of 6–1–0, Dynamo had a record of 3–2–2, and Khimik had a record of 3–3–1.
|December 3, 1990||Inglewood, California, USA||Khimik Voskresensk||Los Angeles Kings||1–5|
|December 5, 1990||St. Louis, USA||St. Louis Blues||2–4|
|December 8, 1990||Uniondale, New York, USA||New York Islanders||2–2|
|December 10, 1990||Montreal, Canada||Khimik Voskresensk||Montreal Canadiens||6–3|
|December 12, 1990||Buffalo, New York, USA||Buffalo Sabres||5–4 (OT)|
|December 16, 1990||Boston, USA||Boston Bruins||5–2|
|December 18, 1990||Bloomington, Minnesota, USA||Khimik Voskresensk||Minnesota North Stars||4–6|
|December 26, 1990||Detroit, Michigan, USA||CSKA Moscow||Detroit Red Wings||5–2|
|December 31, 1990||New York City, USA||New York Rangers||6–1|
|January 1, 1991||Toronto, Canada||Dynamo Moscow||Toronto Maple Leafs||4–7|
|Chicago, USA||CSKA Moscow||Chicago Blackhawks||4–2|
|January 3, 1991||Hartford, Connecticut, USA||Dynamo Moscow||Hartford Whalers||0–0|
|January 4, 1991||Calgary, Canada||CSKA Moscow||Calgary Flames||6–4|
|January 6, 1991||East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA||Dynamo Moscow||New Jersey Devils||2–2|
|Edmonton, Canada||CSKA Moscow||Edmonton Oilers||2–4|
|January 8, 1991||Landover, Maryland, USA||Dynamo Moscow||Washington Capitals||2–3|
|January 9, 1991||Winnipeg, Canada||CSKA Moscow||Winnipeg Jets||6–4|
|January 10, 1991||Philadelphia, USA||Dynamo Moscow||Philadelphia Flyers||4–1|
|January 12, 1991||Pittsburgh, USA||Pittsburgh Penguins||4–3|
|January 13, 1991||Vancouver, Canada||CSKA Moscow||Vancouver Canucks||4–3 (OT)|
|January 15, 1991||Quebec City, Canada||Dynamo Moscow||Quebec Nordiques||4–1|
1992 Chicago Blackhawks–Montreal Canadiens English games
|September 12||Wembley Arena, London||Chicago Blackhawks||Montreal Canadiens||2–3|
|September 13||Montreal Canadiens||Chicago Blackhawks||4–5 (OT)|
1993 New York Rangers–Toronto Maple Leafs English games
|September 11||Wembley Arena, London||Toronto Maple Leafs||New York Rangers||3–5|
|September 12||New York Rangers||Toronto Maple Leafs||3–1|
1994 NHL International Challenge in Finland, with the Winnipeg Jets
In 1994, the original Winnipeg Jets played in a four-team compressed tournament with HIFK Helsinki, Helsinki Jokerit, and Tappara Tampere in Finland. The Jets won their first game against Tappara, and then HIFK in the final. The tournament had been set up for a final game between Teemu Selänne's old team (Jokerit) and current team (the Jets).
|September 9||Helsinki||Winnipeg Jets||Tappara Tampere||8–2|
|September 11||HIFK Helsinki||5–3|
Ninety Nine All Stars Tour
During the 1994–95 NHL lockout, Wayne Gretzky formed a team called the Ninety Nine All Stars to play a tour of exhibition games across Europe against various European club teams, in order to stay in game shape and raise money for charity.
- December 1, 1994: 3–4 loss vs Detroit Vipers (IHL)
- December 3, 1994: 7–1 win vs Jokerit (Finland)
- December 4, 1994: 3–4 OT loss vs Ilves Tampere (Finland)
- December 6, 1994: 6–3 win vs Norwegian Spectrum All Stars (Norway)
- December 9, 1994: 8–3 win vs Djurgårdens IF (Sweden)
- December 10, 1994: 5–2 win vs Västra Frölunda HC (Sweden)
- December 12, 1994: 5–6 OT loss vs Malmö IF (Sweden)
- December 14, 1994: 8–5 win vs German All Stars in Freiburg (Germany)
1998 Buffalo Sabres–Tampa Bay Lightning Austrian tournament
In 1998, the Buffalo Sabres and the Tampa Bay Lightning played in a three-game tournament in Austria against the Austrian teams KAC Klagenfurt and VEU Feldkirch. The NHL teams won the tournament with a record of 2–0–0, excluding the NHL-only game.
|September 15||Klagenfurt||Tampa Bay Lightning||VEU Feldkirch||4–1|
|September 16||Buffalo Sabres||KAC Klagenfurt||5–1|
|September 18||Innsbruck||Tampa Bay Lightning||Buffalo Sabres||5–1|
2000 NHL Challenge
|September 13||Stockholm||Vancouver Canucks||MoDo Ornskoldsvik||5–2|
|September 15||Djurgarden Stockholm||2–1 (OT)|
2001 NHL Challenge
In 2001, the Colorado Avalanche played a single game in Sweden against the Swedish team Brynäs Gävle. The Avalanche won. Two more games were scheduled (against Djurgarden and Jokerit), but the tour was cut short due to the September 11 attacks.
|September 16||Stockholm||Colorado Avalanche||Brynäs Gävle||5–3|
2003 NHL Challenge
In 2003, the Toronto Maple Leafs played a three-game series in Finland and Sweden against the Finnish team Jokerit Helsinki and the Swedish teams Djurgarden Stockholm and Farjestad Karlstad. The Maple Leafs won all games.
|September 16||Helsinki, Finland||Toronto Maple Leafs||Jokerit Helsinki||5–3|
|September 18||Stockholm, Sweden||Djurgarden Stockholm||9–2|
|September 19||Farjestad Karlstad||3–0|
2004–05 season NHL Worldstars
|9 December 2004||Riga, Latvia||HK Riga 2000||NHL Worldstars||2–4|
|12 December 2004||Saint Petersburg, Russia||HV71||4–7 (1–2 SO)|
|17 December 2004||Jönköping, Sweden||HV71||1–5|
2007 NHL Premiere
In 2007, the NHL opened its regular season in Europe for the first time. The Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings played a two-game series in England. Each team won one game. Prior to this, the Kings played a two-game series in Austria against the Austrian team Red Bull Salzburg and the Swedish team Farjestad Karlstad, winning both.
|September 25||Salzburg, Austria||Los Angeles Kings||Red Bull Salzburg||7–6|
|September 26||Farjestad Karlstad||3–2|
|September 29||London, England||Anaheim Ducks||Los Angeles Kings||1–4|
|September 30||Los Angeles Kings||Anaheim Ducks||1–4|
2008 NHL Premiere
In 2008, four teams from the NHL (the New York Rangers, the Ottawa Senators, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Tampa Bay Lightning) opened their regular seasons in Europe. The Rangers and the Lightning played a two-game series in the Czech Republic, with the Rangers winning both games. The Senators and the Penguins played a two-game series in Sweden, with each team winning one game. Prior to this, the Rangers played in the inaugural Victoria Cup against Metallurg Magnitogorsk from Russia. All four teams also played against various European teams (Eisbären Berlin from Germany, SC Bern from Switzerland, Slovan Bratislava from Slovakia, Jokerit Helsinki from Finland, and Frölunda Gothenburg from Sweden). The NHL teams won all games.
|September 28||Berlin, Germany||Tampa Bay Lightning||Eisbären Berlin||4–1|
|September 30||Bern, Switzerland||New York Rangers||SC Bern||8–1|
|September 30||Bratislava, Slovakia||Tampa Bay Lightning||Slovan Bratislava||3–2 (SO)|
|October 1||Bern, Switzerland||New York Rangers||Metallurg Magnitogorsk||4–3|
|October 2||Helsinki, Finland||Pittsburgh Penguins||Jokerit Helsinki||4–1|
|Gothenburg, Sweden||Ottawa Senators||Frölunda Gothenburg||4–1|
|October 4||Prague, Czech Republic||New York Rangers||Tampa Bay Lightning||2–1|
|Stockholm, Sweden||Pittsburgh Penguins||Ottawa Senators||4–3 (OT)|
|October 5||Prague, Czech Republic||Tampa Bay Lightning||New York Rangers||1–2|
|Stockholm, Sweden||Ottawa Senators||Pittsburgh Penguins||3–1|
2009 NHL Premiere
In 2009, once more four teams from the NHL (the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Red Wings, the Florida Panthers, and the St. Louis Blues) opened their regular seasons in Europe. The Blackhawks and the Panthers played a two-game series in Finland, with each team winning once. The Red Wings and the Blues played a two-game series in Sweden, with the Blues winning both games. Prior to this, the Blackhawks played in the second annual Victoria Cup against ZSC Lions from Switzerland. All four teams also played against various European teams (Jokerit Helsinki and Tappara Tampere from Finland, HC Davos from Switzerland, and Färjestad BK and Linköpings HC from Sweden). The NHL teams had a record of 4–2–0 against the European teams.
|September 28||Tampere, Finland||Florida Panthers||Tappara Tampere||2–3 (SO)|
|Zürich, Switzerland||Chicago Blackhawks||HC Davos||9–2|
|September 29||Linköping, Sweden||St. Louis Blues||Linköpings HC||6–0|
|Zurich, Switzerland||Chicago Blackhawks||ZSC Lions||1–2|
|September 30||Helsinki, Finland||Florida Panthers||Jokerit Helsinki||4–2|
|Karlstad, Sweden||Detroit Red Wings||Färjestad BK||6–2|
|October 2||Helsinki, Finland||Florida Panthers||Chicago Blackhawks||4–3 (SO)|
|Stockholm, Sweden||Detroit Red Wings||St. Louis Blues||3–4|
|October 3||Helsinki, Finland||Chicago Blackhawks||Florida Panthers||4–0|
|Stockholm, Sweden||St. Louis Blues||Detroit Red Wings||5–3|
2010 NHL Premiere
In 2010, a record six NHL teams (the Boston Bruins, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Minnesota Wild, the Phoenix Coyotes, and the San Jose Sharks) opened their regular seasons in Europe. The Hurricanes and the Wild played a two-game series in Finland, with the Hurricanes winning both games. The Blue Jackets and the Sharks played a two-game series in Sweden, with each team winning one game. The Bruins and the Coyotes played a two-game series in the Czech Republic, with each team winning one game. Prior to this, all six teams also played against various European teams (Adler Mannheim from Germany, Belfast Giants Selects from Northern Ireland (an all-star team  of the EIHL), SKA Saint Petersburg from Russia, Ilves Tampere from Finland, HC Bílí Tygři Liberec from the Czech Republic, Malmö Redhawks from Sweden, and Dinamo Riga from Latvia). The NHL teams had a record of 6–1–0 against the European teams.
|October 2||Mannheim, Germany||San Jose Sharks||Adler Mannheim||3–2 (SO)|
|Belfast, Northern Ireland||Boston Bruins||Belfast Giants Selects||5–1|
|October 4||Saint Petersburg, Russia||Carolina Hurricanes||SKA Saint Petersburg||3–5|
|Tampere, Finland||Minnesota Wild||Ilves Tampere||5–1|
|October 5||Liberec, Czech Republic||Boston Bruins||HC Liberec||7–1|
|Malmö, Sweden||Columbus Blue Jackets||Malmö Redhawks||4–1|
|October 6||Riga, Latvia||Phoenix Coyotes||Dinamo Riga||3–1|
|October 7||Helsinki, Finland||Carolina Hurricanes||Minnesota Wild||4–3|
|October 8||Minnesota Wild||Carolina Hurricanes||2–1 (SO)|
|Stockholm, Sweden||San Jose Sharks||Columbus Blue Jackets||3–2|
|October 9||Prague, Czech Republic||Phoenix Coyotes||Boston Bruins||5–2|
|Stockholm, Sweden||Columbus Blue Jackets||San Jose Sharks||3–2 (OT)|
|October 10||Prague, Czech Republic||Boston Bruins||Phoenix Coyotes||3–0|
2011 NHL Premiere
In 2011, four teams from the NHL (the Anaheim Ducks, the Buffalo Sabres, the Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Rangers) opened their regular seasons in Europe, marking the fifth straight season of the NHL Premiere games. On October 7, the Ducks and the Sabres played a game in Finland, while the Kings and the Rangers played a game in Sweden. The next day, the Ducks and the Rangers played a game in Sweden, while the Sabres and the Kings played a game in Germany. These teams also played exhibition games against HC Sparta Prague from the Czech Republic, Frölunda HC from Sweden, Slovan Bratislava from Slovakia, EV Zug from Switzerland, Jokerit Helsinki from Finland and Adler Mannheim and Hamburg Freezers from Germany as part of their pre-season schedule. The New York Rangers, playing four games in five days in four countries, had a record of 3–1–0 against the European teams. The NHL teams had an overall record of 6–1–0 against the European teams.
In March 2012, the NHL announced that it would not schedule an NHL Premiere event for 2012.
|September 29||Prague, Czech Republic||New York Rangers||HC Sparta Prague||2–0|
|September 30||Gothenburg, Sweden||Frölunda Gothenburg||4–2|
|October 2||Bratislava, Slovakia||Slovan Bratislava||4–1|
|October 3||Zug, Switzerland||New York Rangers||EV Zug||4–8|
|October 4||Helsinki, Finland||Anaheim Ducks||Jokerit Helsinki||4–3 (OT)|
|Hamburg, Germany||Los Angeles Kings||Hamburg Freezers||5–4|
|Mannheim, Germany||Buffalo Sabres||Adler Mannheim||8–3|
|October 7||Helsinki, Finland||Anaheim Ducks||Buffalo Sabres||1–4|
|Stockholm, Sweden||New York Rangers||Los Angeles Kings||2–3 (OT)|
|October 8||New York Rangers||Anaheim Ducks||1–2 (SO)|
|October 8||Berlin, Germany||Buffalo Sabres||Los Angeles Kings||4–2|
2017 NHL Global Series
On March 24, 2017, the NHL announced the return of regular season games played outside North America in a new event called the NHL Global Series. The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators played two regular season games at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden on November 10 and 11, 2017. Unlike the previous regular-season series played in Europe by the NHL, these games were played a month into the regular season rather than the start of it.
|November 10||Stockholm, Sweden||Ericsson Globe||Ottawa Senators||Colorado Avalanche||4–3 (OT)|
|November 11||Colorado Avalanche||Ottawa Senators||3–4|
2018 NHL Global Series
On March 26, 2018, the NHL announced the 2018 slate of NHL Global Series games. The New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers played their regular season opening game in Sweden on October 6, preceded by two exhibition games against European teams. The Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets then played two regular season games in Finland on November 1 and 2.
|October 1||Bern, Switzerland||PostFinance Arena||New Jersey Devils||SC Bern||3–2 (OT)|
|October 3||Cologne, Germany||Lanxess Arena||Edmonton Oilers||Kölner Haie||4–3 (OT)|
|October 6||Gothenburg, Sweden||Scandinavium||Edmonton Oilers||New Jersey Devils||2–5|
|November 1||Helsinki, Finland||Hartwall Arena||Florida Panthers||Winnipeg Jets||2–4|
|November 2||Winnipeg Jets||Florida Panthers||2–4|
2019 NHL Global Series
On March 21, 2019, the NHL announced the 2019 lineup of hockey games in Europe. The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers play their regular season opening game in Prague on October 4, preceded by two exhibition games against European teams. The Blackhawks played Eisbären Berlin on September 29 in Berlin and the Flyers will play Lausanne HC in Lausanne on September 30. The Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning then play two regular season games in Sweden on November 8 and 9.
|September 29||Berlin, Germany||Mercedes-Benz Arena||Chicago Blackhawks||Eisbären Berlin||3–1|
|September 30||Lausanne, Switzerland||Vaudoise Aréna||Philadelphia Flyers||Lausanne HC||3–4|
|October 4||Prague, Czech Republic||O2 Arena||Chicago Blackhawks||Philadelphia Flyers||3–4|
|November 8||Stockholm, Sweden||Ericsson Globe||Tampa Bay Lightning||Buffalo Sabres||3–2|
|November 9||Buffalo Sabres||Tampa Bay Lightning||3–5|
2020 NHL Global Series
On November 8, 2019, the NHL announced the 2020 lineup of hockey games in Europe, with specific dates to be announced at a later time: The Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators will play their regular season opening game in Prague, preceded by two exhibition games against European teams. The Bruins will play Adler Mannheim in Mannheim, Germany and the Predators will play SC Bern in Bern, Switzerland. The Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets will play two regular season games in Helsinki later in the fall.
|TBA||Mannheim, Germany||SAP Arena||Boston Bruins||Adler Mannheim|
|TBA||Bern, Switzerland||PostFinance Arena||Nashville Predators||SC Bern|
|TBA||Prague, Czech Republic||O2 Arena||Boston Bruins||Nashville Predators|
|TBA||Helsinki, Finland||Hartwall Arena||Colorado Avalanche||Columbus Blue Jackets|
|TBA||Columbus Blue Jackets||Colorado Avalanche|
1976 Kansas City Scouts–Washington Capitals Japanese tour
|April 14||Sapporo||Kansas City Scouts||Washington Capitals||2–5|
|April 15||Washington Capitals||Kansas City Scouts||6–2|
|April 17||Tokyo||Kansas City Scouts||Washington Capitals||2–6|
|April 18||Kansas City Scouts||Washington Capitals||4–2|
1997 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim–Vancouver Canucks Japanese games
In 1997, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and the Vancouver Canucks played a two-game series in Japan to open the 1997–98 regular season. This marked the first time that games played by NHL teams outside of North America counted in the league standings. Each team won one game.
|October 3||Tokyo||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||Vancouver Canucks||2–3|
|October 4||Vancouver Canucks||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||2–3|
1998 Calgary Flames–San Jose Sharks Japanese games
|October 9||Tokyo||San Jose Sharks||Calgary Flames||3–3|
|October 10||Calgary Flames||San Jose Sharks||5–3|
2000 Nashville Predators–Pittsburgh Penguins Japanese games
In 2000, the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins played a two-game series in Japan. Each team won one game. As with the previous season-opening series in Japan in 1997 and 1998, these games counted in the regular-season standings.
|October 7||Saitama City||Nashville Predators||Pittsburgh Penguins||3–1|
|October 8||Pittsburgh Penguins||Nashville Predators||3–1|
2017 NHL China Games
|NHL China Games|
|Literal meaning||Chinese race|
On March 29, 2017, the NHL announced that the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks would play two exhibition games in China in a new event called the NHL China Games. Both teams faced each other in Shanghai, on September 21, 2017, and then in Beijing, on September 23. This was the first time NHL teams played in China.
|September 21||Shanghai, China||Mercedes-Benz Arena||Vancouver Canucks||Los Angeles Kings||2–5|
|September 23||Beijing, China||Cadillac Arena||Los Angeles Kings||Vancouver Canucks||4–3 (SO)|
2018 NHL China Games
On May 2, 2018, the NHL announced that the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames would play two exhibition games in China for the second consecutive year. Both teams faced each other in Shenzhen on September 15, and then in Beijing on September 19.
|September 15||Shenzhen, China||Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre||Boston Bruins||Calgary Flames||4–3 (SO)|
|September 19||Beijing, China||Cadillac Arena||Calgary Flames||Boston Bruins||1–3|
2006 Florida Panthers–New York Rangers Puerto Rican game
|September 23||San Juan||Florida Panthers||New York Rangers||2–3|
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