Sabres to play two games in Sweden next season

Buffalo and Tampa Bay will play a pair of games in Stockholm, Sweden in November

Brayton Wilson
March 21, 2019 - 6:21 am

Photo: Per Häljestam - USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres will be playing a pair of games overseas during the 2019-2020 regular season.

It was announced early Thursday morning that the Sabres will be playing in the 2019 NHL Global Series in Stockholm, Sweden for two games against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9.

Both teams will square off at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. In the 2018 NHL Global Series, the New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers opened their seasons at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden.

At the moment, both teams have a number of Swedish players on their roster, but none bigger than Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. Hedman was Tampa Bay's second overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, while Dahlin was most recently the first overall pick of the Sabres in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Hedman spent his days growing up in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden and playing with the MODO hockey program. Since being drafted, Hedman has played in 692 NHL games with the Lightning, scoring 93 goals and registering 413 points. Last season, Hedman scored a career-high 17 goals for the Lightning and registered 63 points in 77 games, which earned him his first career Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman.

Dahlin grew up in Trollhättan, Sweden and played with the Frölunda hockey program in Gothenburg. So far in his rookie season with the Sabres, Dahlin has scored eight goals and 39 points in 73 games. On Wednesday, Dahlin passed Bobby Orr for the second-most points by an 18-year-old defenseman in NHL history. He now only trails current Sabres head coach Phil Housley (57 points) in that department with nine games remaining in the season.

The Sabres also have a number of other Swedish players on their active roster or in Rochester playing with the Americans, including goalie Linus Ullmark, defenseman Lawrence Pilut, and forwards Johan Larsson, Rasmus Asplund and Victor Olofsson.

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