By the way, Montreal won 5, the Wings 3, with one tie.
The Bruins had finished second in the six-team league that year, while the Rangers had placed fifth. But European fans were treated to competitive, exciting games and introduced to some of North America's brightest stars. The Rangers were bolstered by the addition of Chicago's Bobby Hull for the tour.
The two NHL teams were joined by Swedish club teams, AIK and Djurgarden. The tournament was sponsored by a Swedish newspaper, which ponied up a $28,000 prize for the winner.
The action was followed closely by the hockey-mad Swedish population and the final game -- Washington vs. Djurgarden -- was televised live on "Hockey Night in Sweden."
To show how weak the Caps were at that time, they actually came in 4th place, behind the Rangers, Frölunda, and AIK.
The two NHL teams preceded the Swedish stop with a stay over in Finland. The Rangers lost in
Helsinki against HIFK 1-4 and the Caps played in Oulu against Kärpät.
The Jets and Jokerit were expected to meet in the finals. The Jets beat Tappara 8-2 in the semi-final but HIFK . First Jets beat in their semifinal Tappara Tampere 8-2. But in the other semifinal HIFK (Helsinki) beat Jokerit 5-2 and got into the final. In the final Jets beat HIFK 5-3.
To open the 1998 pre-season, the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning traveled to Austria to participate in the International Challenge, taking on Austrian squads as well as each other.
Destination: Sweden, Finland
The NHL's fifth trip to Sweden, the 2001 NHL Challenge Series, was cut short by the horrific events of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
The NHL returned to Sweden for the first time after the tragic events in 2001.
September, 2007: Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings
Destination: London, England
The Anaheim Ducks brought the Stanley Cup to it's ancestral home as the NHL played two regular season sold out games at London's 02 Arena. Each team recorded 4-1 wins against each other.
In a continuing effort to grow the game globally, the NHL announced Thursday morning a two-game slate of regular-season games will be contested in London, England to open the 2007-08 season.
The Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings have been chosen as the participants to bring the NHL brand to one of Europe’s biggest and most cosmopolitan cities. The teams will play a home-and-home series at the state-of-the-art O2 Arena, which is set to open in July.
The first game will take place Saturday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. (GMT). The second game follows the next night at 5 p.m. (GMT).This isn't the first time the NHL has gone overseas, and not even the first time the NHL has gone to London.