The NHL is saying “hej” from Sweden this week, as four games are set to be played in Stockholm.
This weekend, Stockholm is hosting the 2023 NHL Global Series, an annual event where the league brings games abroad, expanding into the international audience. It not only is an opportunity for Scandinavian fans to watch some of their favorite teams and players in person, but it is also a chance for the international NHLers to skate in front of their home crowds.
This year, there are four teams that are playing in Stockholm — the Maple Leafs, the Red Wings, the Wild and the Senators. It’s a change from years past when primarily only two teams have gone over to Europe to play in the international series.
These clubs have prominent Swedish influences on their teams, led by Toronto with William Nylander, John Klingberg, Timothy Liljegren, Calle Jarnkrok and William Lagesson, and Minnesota with Joel Eriksson Ek, Jonas Brodin, Filip Gustavsson and Marcus Johansson. Ottawa has Anton Forsberg and Erik Brannstrom, and Detroit’s lone Swede at the NHL level is Lucas Raymond.
Here is what fans need to know about the 2023 NHL Global Series in Sweden.
What is the NHL Global Series?
The NHL Global Series is an opportunity for the league to bring its product overseas to other countries. The league has been playing games internationally since the NHL started back in the early 1900s, but the Global Series was only recently added to the slate. This year marks the fifth edition of the international series.
While primarily playing games in Europe, the NHL did bring games Down Under this preseason. Two exhibition games were played in Melbourne, Australia, marking the first time the NHL was played south of the equator.
In addition to Sweden and Australia, the Global Series has previously taken place in Finland, Switzerland, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Where is the 2023 NHL Global Series?
Venue: Avicii ArenaCity: Stockholm, Sweden
The NHL is returning to Sweden for the 2023 Global Series, as Stockholm is the site for all four games in the event.
The four contests will all be played at Avicii Arena in Stockholm. It’s the first time the venue is hosting NHL Global Series games.
This marks the third time the Global Series is being played at the venue in Stockholm. The previous games in 2017 and 2019 were played while the site was called the Ericsson Globe. In 2021, the facility was re-named after the death of popular Swedish DJ, Avicii.
How to watch the 2023 NHL Global Series
TV Channel: NHL Network (U.S.) | TSN, Sportsnet (Canada)Live stream: Fubo, ESPN+ | TSN+, Sportsnet (Canada)
For fans in the United States that are itching for overseas NHL action, the NHL Network will be airing all four of the NHL Global Series games in Sweden.
In terms of streaming options, viewers in the United States can watch through the NHL Network through Fubo, which offers a free trial. In addition, ESPN+ is another streaming option to watch the international games.
The Canadian audience will be able to watch the first three games in the Global Series live on TSN, or can stream through TSN+. The final game on Sunday will be available on Sportsnet and Sportnet+.
NHL Global Series 2023 schedule
Here is the full schedule for the four Global Series games played in Sweden this week.
Date City Arena Matchup Time (ET)Nov. 16 Stockholm, Sweden Avicii Arena Red Wings vs. Senators 2 p.m.Nov. 17 Stockholm, Sweden Avicii Arena Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings 2 p.m.Nov. 18 Stockholm, Sweden Avicii Arena Wild vs. Senators 11 a.m.Nov. 19 Stockholm, Sweden Avicii Arena Maple Leafs vs. Wild 8 a.m.
NHL Global Series history
This is the fifth year that the NHL has put on an NHL Global Series event.
The league has been playing games at international sites for years, but the games branded underneath the “Global Series” first started in 2017 in Stockholm.
2017 NHL Global Series
Date City Arena ResultNov. 10 Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe Senators 4, Avalanche 3 (OT) No. 11 Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe Senators 4, Avalanche 3
2018 NHL Global Series
Date City Arena ResultOct. 1 Bern, Switzerland PostFinance Arena Devils 3, SC Bern 2 (OT)Oct. 3 Cologne, Germany Lanxess Arena Oilers 4, Kolner Haie 3 (OT). Oct. 6 Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavium Devils 5, Oilers 2Nov. 1 Helsinki, Finland Hartwell Arena Jets 4, Panthers 2Nov. 2 Helsinki, Finland Hartwell Arena Panthers 4, Jets 2
2019 NHL Global Series
Date City Arena ResultSept. 29 Berlin, Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena Blackhawks 3, Eisbaren Berlin 1Sept. 30 Lausanne, Switzerland Vaudoise Arena Lausanne HC 4, Flyers 3Oct. 4 Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena Flyers 4, Blackhawks 3Nov. 8 Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe Lightning 3, Sabres 2Nov. 9 Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe Lightning 5, Sabres 3
2022 NHL Global Series
Date City Arena ResultOct. 3 Bern, Switzerland PostFinance Arena Predators 4, SC Bern 3Oct. 4 Berlin, Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena Sharks 3, Eisbaren Berlin 1 Oct. 7. Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena Predators 4, Sharks 1Oct. 8 Prague, Czech Republic O2 Arena Predators 3, Sharks 2Nov. 8 Tampere, Finland Nokia Arena Avalanche 6, Blue Jackets 3Nov. 9 Tampere, Finland Nokia Arena Avalanche 5, Blue Jackets 1