Posted by TheHockeyGuy on February 12th, 2010
The Sharks are going on their longest trip ever to open a new season — and that says a lot considering they once flew to Tokyo to do just that.
The NHL made it official Tuesday: The Sharks will be one of six teams opening next season in Europe, with two games against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Stockholm on Oct. 8 and 9.
Other two-game series being played overseas involve the Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes in Prague, and the Minnesota Wild and Carolina Hurricane in Helsinki.
The Sharks were asked to open the present season in Europe, but general manager Doug Wilson objected because of the extra travel in an Olympic year with an already compressed schedule. At the time, he said he would support a trip when the timing was better.
“It’s exciting, especially with friends and family be able to see us play,” defenseman Douglas Murray said. “My closest family come out to California, but I’ve got a lot of friends who haven’t made it.”
Click here to read the full article – By San Jose Mercury News