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Start checking flights, Jets fans, the dates for Winnipeg's two-game series with the Florida Panthers next season have been confirmed.
The Jets and Panthers will hook up for regular-season games at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland on Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2, with both games scheduled for 8 p.m. local time (1 p.m. CST).
It's billed a the 2018 NHL Global Series.
Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 12 at 2 a.m. (CST) at https://www.livenation.fi.
Winnipeg star winger Patrik Laine, 19, who leads the club with 35 goals, hails from Tampere, about a two-hour car ride from Helsinki, while teammate Joel Armia is from Pori, a little over three hours northwest of the Helsinki.
Panthers' premier forward Aleksander Barkov, 23, is also from Tampere. He leads the Panthers with 25 goals and 64 points this year.
Jets 1.0 also featured a number of Finns, highlighted by Teemu Selanne and Teppo Numminen. In September 1994, Winnipeg played three exhibition games in Finland as part of the NHL International Challenge.
The NHL also announced the Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils will play their 2018-19 season-opening game at the Scandinavium in Goteborg, Sweden, on Oct. 6.
The Devils and Oilers will complete their training camps in Europe — the Devils in Switzerland, and the Oilers in Germany — and each will play an exhibition game against a European squad.
New Jersey will play SC Bern in the Swiss city on Oct. 1. Edmonton will play Kölner Haie of the German league in Cologne on Oct. 3.
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Jason Bell wanted to be a lawyer when he was a kid. The movie The Paper Chase got him hooked on the idea of law school and, possibly, falling in love with someone exactly like Lindsay Wagner (before she went all bionic).
Updated on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 9:15 AM CST: Updates with games for Oilers, Devils