Your reaction will be “not surprising,” but the news was confirmed today: the NHL has scrapped its overseas games for the 2020-2021 season.
The league and the Players’ Association announced the cancellation in a joint statement this morning.
The Bruins were scheduled to be one of the teams going on a European adventure this fall, and it was going to be pretty cool: the B’s would open their season in Prague against the Nashville Predators.
David Krejci and David Pastrnak playing in their home country would have been pretty cool, but...maybe another time.
The B’s were also slated to play exhibitions and parts of training camp in Germany.
No word yet on whether or not they’ll simply bump the Bruins and Predators to 2021-2022, or if it’s back to the drawing board overall.
With the NHL seemingly determined to finish the 2019-2020 season by any means necessary, it makes sense that these games would be cancelled.
It seems to be a given at this point that next season will start late, and logistically, you can’t just bump the European games out a couple of months.
Disappointing, but hopefully the B’s get a chance to play overseas again in the coming seasons.