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Rangers add exhibition; MSG Network to televise Traverse City games

Posted By On July 20, 2011 @ 3:35 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 74 Comments

A few items that have been discussed already. But here are the official announcements.

From the NHL:


New York/Toronto (July 20, 2011) – The New York Rangers will play an exhibition game in Bratislava, Slovakia, against HC Slovan at SLOVNAFT Arena, on Sunday, Oct. 2, as part of the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge.  Face off will be 5 p.m. local time/11 a.m. ET

“HC Slovan Bratislava is proud to welcome one of the classiest NHL organizations to our arena at the beginning of the new season,” said Maros Krajci, general manager of HC Slovan.  “Next season is an historic one in Bratislava, as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of playing hockey in our city.”

In 2008, HC Slovan hosted an NHL exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Vincent Lecavalier scored a power play goal early in the third period to tie the score a 2-2, with the Lightning prevailing 3-2 after a shootout.  Bratislava recently completed a successful experience as host of the 2011 IIHF World Championships.

For the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge, the Rangers will play a total of four exhibition games in Europe:

· Sept. 29 – HC Sparta Prague at TESLA Arena in Prague, Czech Republic
· Sept. 30 – Frolunda Indians at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden
· Oct. 2 – HC Slovan at SLOVNAFT Arena in Bratislava
· Oct. 3 – EV Zug at Bossard Arena in Zug, Switzerland

The Rangers will open their 2011-12 NHL regular season by playing two games at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, Oct. 7 against the Los Angeles Kings and Saturday, Oct. 8 against the Anaheim Ducks.  2011 Compuware NHL Premieremarks a record fifth consecutive season the NHL will be playing regular-season games in Europe.  NHL teams will play a total of four games in three different European capital cities – Berlin, Stockholm and Helsinki – Oct. 7-8, 2011.  By the end of 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere™, 17 NHL teams – over half of the NHL – will have played regular-season and exhibition games in Europe since 2007.

From the Rangers:


Four Rangers Games on Network Slate

New York, NY – July 20, 2011 – MSG Network announced today that it will telecast four New York Rangers games from the 2011 Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament. The tournament takes place September 10-14 in Traverse City, Michigan and features prospects from eight NHL teams. Jeep will be the title sponsor of the four telecasts on MSG Network.

The annual tournament will include eight teams from the NHL, split into two divisions: the Gretzky Division (New York Rangers, St. Louis, Dallas, Carolina) and the Howe Division (Detroit, Buffalo, Columbus, Minnesota). Each team will face its division opponents once in the opening round and the final day will feature the top seeds in the Championship Game, as well as the remaining teams in the third, fifth and seventh place games, based on their records.

Coverage of the games will include behind-the-scenes access to the Rangers coaching staff and scouting teams, as well as interviews with a number of the prospects. Participating players and the network telecast team will be announced at a future date.

2011 marks the 14th year of the Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament, which has previously featured current Rangers players, including Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Sauer, Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Derek Stepan.

Below is the schedule for the telecasts:

Saturday, September 10 – NY Rangers vs. St. Louis (7:00 PM)
Sunday, September 11 – NY Rangers vs. Dallas (6:00 PM)
Tuesday, September 13 – NY Rangers vs. Carolina (3:30 PM)
Wednesday, September 14 – TBD (depending on standings)

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