LA Kings vs Vancouver Canucks
In preparation for the 2017-2018 Hockey Season, the LA Kings and the Vancouver Canucks headed over to China to compete in the first-ever Hockey Night in China pre-season games. The 2017 NHL China Games were presented by O.R.G. Packaging and was broadcasted on NBCSN and Sportsnet. Both teams took time out of their busy schedules to put on their NHL China Jerseys and raise some awareness and excitement around hockey in China, which has been a priority of the National Hockey League for the past few years.Image Source
With a population of more than 1.3 billion, China will host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The NHL hopes to get the Chinese population excited about hockey through these pre-season games! We now have confirmation that more preseason games are happening in China for the 2018-2019 season between the Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames. The League is currently developing programs to provide schools with training and instructional content to encourage these impactful hockey programs that promote physical education, sportsmanship, teamwork and fitness through participation in hockey.
In addition to the NHL and NHLPA, representatives from the Chinese Government, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Bloomage International and O.R.G. Packaging were on hand for this historic announcement. HockeyShot was pleased to attend and was able to conduct some valuable market research ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Two Games were played in Shanghai and Beijing, with the Los Angeles Kings winning both games, 5-2 and 4-3 in a shootout, with Jonny Brodzinski sealing the win for the Kings.Image Source
Over 30 NHL star players including Tanner Pearson of the Los Angeles Kings and Christopher Tanev of the Vancouver Canucks were able to greet fans all-across China in Chinese for the first time ever. This was made possible through the NHL's official Chinese social media platforms. They participated in the entertaining "Hockey Puck Challenge," stacking hockey pucks in 30 seconds with chopsticks, as well eating mooncakes and interacting with the locals.
Dedicated fans came from far and wide to watch the game. Some notable attendees were North American fans, Chinese fans from other provinces, students at local sports universities and even a group of four women in Kings jerseys who flew across the Pacific to watch their team!Image Source
"Bringing NHL players to China for two games in September will give both current and potential new fans in Shanghai and Beijing a chance to watch some of the best hockey players in the world," said Mathieu Schneider, NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director. HockeyShot is thrilled to create new dialogue and excitement around Hockey in China, the NHL and the 2022 Winter Olympics. (Original source)