The Edmonton Oilers will face off against the New Jersey Devils at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden on October 6th to open their 2018-19 season, as part of the 2018 NHL Global Series.
Earlier this year the NHL announced that the Oilers and Devils, as well as the Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers would start the 2018-19 season in Europe, but until yesterday hadn’t released any details about the dates or locations of the games. Yesterday’s announcement finally fills in the gaps. The league also announced that the Jets and Panthers will play back to back games at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland on November 1st and 2nd.
In addition to the game in Sweden, the Oilers will also hold their 2018-19 training camp in Germany and play an exhibition game against Kolner Haie, who just happened to be coached by the father of Oilers star Leon Draisaitl, of the Deutsche Eishhockey Liga at the Laxness Arena in Cologne, Germany on October 3rd.
Cologne native Draisaitl is obviously excited to showcase his team in his hometown. "I think it will receive a lot of attention," said the Oilers star. "It's a pretty sport-fanatic city. They love their soccer and they love their sports teams. It's pretty special for me personally to get to play against [Kölner Haie]. My dad actually coaches the team, so that will be pretty funny to play against them."
How cool is that? Playing against your father’s team in an NHL game? Well… quasi NHL game, at least. Any way you look at it, it’s a pretty cool moment for the Draisaitl family.