The Bruins are taking their act to China next fall.
Announced today by the NHL, NHLPA and Bloomage International, it’s official that the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames will travel to China in September as part of the 2018 O.R.G. NHL China Games.
The series will kick off on Sat., Sept. 15, when the Flames will play host to the Bruins at Shenzhen Universiade Center in Shenzhen, and continue on Wed., Sept. 19 when the Bruins play host to the Flames at Cadillac Arena in Beijing.
“The Boston Bruins are excited to be part of the 2018 NHL International Games in China,” Bruins president Cam Neely said. “Over the past three years we have collaborated with Mr. Zhou Yunjie, the Chairman of ORG Packaging, on growing the game both within the Chinese community in Boston and with youth hockey players in China. We look forward to continuing these efforts by bringing Bruins hockey to China with these two preseason games.”
The Bruins organization has been heavily involved in growing the game of hockey in China for the past two years, partnering with O.R.G. Packaging in 2015 and in doing so becoming the first NHL team and first North American professional sports organization to partner with the Beijing-based company.
The Bruins have also made two official visits to China since the start of this unique partnership with O.R.G., with David Pastrnak headlining both summertime trips to China, and joined by Tuukka Rask and Torey Krug last summer.
The Bruins have also hosted over 100 Chinese youth hockey players in Boston since 2015. In Boston, the Chinese youth hockey players participated in clinics led by the Bruins Youth Hockey Development Team, played games against local New England youth hockey teams, explored the city of Boston and watched Bruins hockey games at TD Garden.