Paris could soon host a pre-season match

Would the NHL be ready to follow the path set by the NBA. While the North American basketball league organized a first regular season game in Paris in 2020 and will do it again on January 19 with a duel between the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls, the ice hockey league remains timid about its exits far from its territory. However, after a first experience in London at the start of the 2007-2008 season, the NHL seems ready to conquer the world again. Indeed, in the midst of a media tour in Europe, the North American Ice Hockey League stopped off in Paris, starring Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, to promote its activities. Also on the trip, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly admitted that it was not taboo to consider organizing matches on the Old Continent and more particularly in Paris.

The NHL does not close the door in Paris

Stating that « the economy is excellent here in Paris », the NHL official said it could start with unofficial matches. « It would be great if teams could play against each other eventually, » Bill Daly said in comments collected by the league’s official website. It would probably be a preseason game at first, but it’s on the radar, a radar that sees the long term. Invited to speak on the subject, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has no doubt that such an initiative would be crowned with success. “The room would probably be full. People would buy their tickets in advance because even if hockey is not hugely popular, it would help put the sport in the spotlight in France. In the end, what I do, what Antoine Roussel or Alexandre Texier do, is to try to make people understand that it is possible to reach the NHL. It is possible to make your dream come true. However, it will take time for this to materialize.

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