Coronavirus: NHL cancels 2020 Global Series games

The NHL and its players association have announced the postponement of the 2020 Global Series games in Europe due to travel concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators had been slated to meet in Prague, Czech Republic in the 2020-21 season opener, and both teams were to complete their training camps in Germany and Switzerland, respectively, including exhibition games against local European teams.

Two games between the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets were also due to be played in Helsinki, Finland.

"We are disappointed by the postponement of our trip to Finland but look forward to having the opportunity to play in front of Finland's passionate hockey fans in the future," said Blue Jackets general manager former Finland international Jarmo Kekalainen. 

The NHL launched its Global Series in 2017 with two games between the Avalanche and Ottawa Senators in Stockholm, Sweden and has held regular-season games in Finland, Sweden and the Czech Republic in the previous two seasons. 

"The NHLPA and the NHL remain committed to maintaining and growing our international presence," the league and the union said in a joint statement.

"We hope that our fans overseas understand the need to postpone the 2020 games, but we look forward to being back with them in 2021."