The NHL is staging more exhibition games in China this fall Youth New England Patriots Hats , hoping to make further inroads in establishing hockey as a sport in the world’s most populous nation.
The Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames will face off Sept. 15 in Shenzhen in southeast China and then again Sept. 19 in Beijing in the second incarnation of the China Games.
The Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks played preseason games in Shanghai and Beijing last September, the NHL’s first foray there.
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China represents an as-yet untapped resource for the NHL, especially ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Commissioner Gary Bettman has so far been noncommittal about the NHL going to the 2022 Games after skipping South Korea this year, but the work is already underway in China Customized Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys , where the NBA has had a presence for decades.
”I think there is an enthusiasm to grow the sport, first at the grassroots level, but I think bringing games there and bringing NHL teams there and NHL players helps kind of support the story from the top down, as well Cheap Customized Carolina Panthers Jerseys ,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press by phone Wednesday.
”It’s really a two-pronged approach where you’re trying to build hockey infrastructure in a society that’s never really had any and then in order to drive that, you’re bringing hockey at its highest level so that people can appreciate what the sport can look like.”
Growing youth hockey and bringing NHL games to China is the plan, but from the league’s perspective, it’s not a three-pronged approach tied to Olympic participation.
”I was there in the spring and we had lots of discussions with officials at all levels to talk about the development of hockey and how we can work together Youth Denver Broncos Hats , and those are things that we’re working on,” Bettman said last month.
”Not once did we get asked about the Olympics in 2022. I’m not sure if we’re helping develop the game particularly at the grassroots level and giving them our software, if you will, whether or not we play for two weeks makes a difference.”
The league is working with local authorities to develop hockey programs as the government of the country with a population of 1.3 billion aims to have 300 million participants in winter sports by 2022. The Bruins made visits each of the past two summers to participate in hockey camps.
”Over the past three years we have collaborated with (businessman Zhou Yunjie) on growing the game both within the Chinese community in Boston and with youth hockey players in China Authentic Customized Bengals Jerseys ,” Bruins president Cam Neely said.
”We look forward to continuing these efforts by bringing Bruins hockey to China with these two preseason games.”
Shenzhen’s location close to Hong Kong, its burgeoning population and its world-class facility that’s home to the two China-based Canadian Women’s Hockey League teams made it a natural fit along with Beijing for NHL preseason action. . Arizona Cardinals Elite Jerseys , Adidas Gabriel Landeskog Jersey , Adidas Duncan Keith Jersey , Antonio Brown Jersey ,