Chicago to play Zurich in fall

BERN, Switzerland -- The Chicago Blackhawks will play the European champion Zurich Lions in Switzerland this fall.

The NHL and International Ice Hockey Federation announced Sunday the teams will meet in the Victoria Cup in Zurich. The game is scheduled for Sept. 29 at the Hallenstadion arena.

The Blackhawks will then travel to Helsinki, Finland, to open the NHL season against the Florida Panthers on Oct. 3-4.

NHL International executive Ken Yaffe said at the news conference before the world championship final that he hopes the game between an NHL team and the best club team in Europe will become an annual event.

The New York Rangers won the inaugural Victoria Cup last October against the Russian team Metallurg Magnitogorsk in Bern.