Kings, Canucks slated to play preseason games in China

The arena agreement for Seattle is in place and the NHL said it will accept an expansion application from the city to create a new team.

For the first time, the NHL will play a game China.

The Kings and Canucks are slated to play a pair of preseason games in China as part of the 2017 NHL China Games, the league announcedWednesday.

"This is an historic moment for the National Hockey League," commissioner Gary Bettman said."The 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging represent the formal launch of what we hope will be a long and successful collaboration between our league, our teams and our partners in accelerating the development of hockey in China.

"We look forward to our first games in China and to a variety of initiatives that will inspire generations of Chinese players and fans to enjoy our sport. We recognize the importance of helping China build a strong national hockey program and are committed to supporting that priority in every way possible."

The teams are scheduled to faceoffSept. 21 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in ShanghaiandSept. 23 at the Huaxi LIVE Wukesong's Le Sports Center inBeijing. Both Los Angeles and Vancouverhave previously held youth hockey camps in China, though theexhibitionmeetingswill be the first games to be played.

Meanwhile,the NHL hasyetto be confirmedfor the 2018 Winter Olympics inPyeongChang.

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