The 2013-14 season may be just hitting the Olympic break, but the Chicago Blackhawks are already hard at work preparing their preseason slate of games for the 2014-15 season.
One game has just been added to the docket, as the Blackhawks will head back to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to take on the Edmonton Oilers on September 28th. The puck drop will occur at 4pm central time.
The two teams have already met once before in Saskatoon, with the Oilers grabbing a 4-2 win back in September of 2011.
“The Chicago Blackhawks are very excited about the opportunity to return to Saskatoon – one of Canada’s true hockey communities,” Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.
“The Edmonton Oilers look forward to returning to Saskatoon for a match-up against Chicago,” Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said. “We know a lot of Oiler fans in Saskatchewan and we are excited to play Chicago in Saskatoon.”
Saskatoon has occasionally been mentioned as a potential relocation target for the NHL, notably during the Phoenix Coyotes’ time in limbo before they were sold to a group led by George Gosbee. One of the potential buyers of the team, Ice Edge Holdings, had proposed playing up to five games per year in Saskatoon as a way to boost ticket sales and brand recognition for the club, but the idea never picked up steam as Ice Edge was never considered a front-runner to buy the team.
The Blackhawks’ full preseason schedule, including training camp information and ticket information for the annual Training Camp Festival, will be announced at a later date.