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Kings, Canucks to Play September Exhibition Games in China

Shanghai on September 21, Beijing on September 23. Road trip!

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

During tonight’s showdown between Calgary and Los Angeles, the NHL made a little announcement pertaining to next year’s preseason. The Kings are going to China, and they’re taking the Canucks with them. From the press release:

At the invitation of Bloomage International and as a piece of the NHL's long-term business strategy in China, the LA Kings and Vancouver Canucks will face off in the first-ever preseason games played in China as part of the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging, the NHL®, the NHLPA and Bloomage International jointly announced today.

The preseason games between the Kings and Canucks will be played on Sept. 21 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and on Sept. 23 at Huaxi LIVE Wukesong's Le Sports Center in Beijing, where today's announcement was made.

AEG, who owns the Kings, also owns the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

The game of hockey has grown quite a bit in China as of late. Andong Song became the first Chinese-born player to be drafted by an NHL team in 2015, while HC Kunlun Red Star became the KHL’s first Chinese-based team.

This should be fun.