CHICAGO — Hockey fans, this is the road trip you’ve been waiting for.
The Flyers will play outside North America for the first time in their 52-year existence.
The team will wrap up its 2019 training camp in Lausanne, Switzerland, with an exhibition game against Lausanne HC on Monday, Sept. 30.
From there, the Flyers will embark some 565 miles to Prague, Czech Republic, where they will face the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 4 at O2 Arena for the 2019-20 regular-season opener.
It’s a chance for Czech natives Jakub Voracek and Radko Gudas, who both grew up in the Prague suburb of Kladno, to play a game in their home country.
“Obviously, it’s something that as a kid you don’t think it’s possible,” Voracek said in a statement released by the team Thursday. “I think it’s great for us to see all the friends and family being able to attend an NHL game you can participate in. It’ll be special. It’s going to be exciting. I think everyone’s pretty pumped up for Prague.”
The city of Prague is featured in this month’s edition of Money Magazine as one of the top 10 international destinations to visit.
The average round-trip airfare is just under $1,000, while the cost of a week for two people will run around $3,500.
Switzerland and the Czech Republic are not the only international stops for the NHL this season.
The Blackhawks will play a preseason game in Berlin, Germany, with the Lightning and Sabres playing a regular-season game in November in Stockholm, Sweden.
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