Avalanche headed to Gabriel Landeskog’s hometown next season

DENVER — Avalanche Captain Gabriel Landeskog is going home.

The Stockholm native will play for the first time in his home country wearing an NHL sweater.

The Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will face off in a pair of regular-season games in Stockholm as part of the 2017 NHL Global Series, the NHL and the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced Friday.

The Avalanche and Senators will play each other at the Ericsson Globe on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday.

The NHL Global Series will mark the sixth time the NHL has traveled to Europe to play regular-season games and the first such time since the 2011 NHL Premiere which took place in Berlin; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm.

These games reward the legion of loyal and passionate international fans by featuring some of the NHL’s biggest stars and generating interest in the league worldwide.

The games between Colorado and Ottawa will be the 21st and 22nd NHL regular-season games played in Europe. They also will be the seventh and eighth NHL regular-season games played in Sweden.

“We have more Swedish players than ever in the NHL, and we are extremely pleased that the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series will allow us to showcase a number of those players, with their NHL teams, in their homeland,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. “The return of regular-season NHL games to the international stage will provide yet another highlight for our Centennial celebration.”

The game on Nov. 10 will start at noon MST with Colorado serving as the home team. The game on Nov. 11 will start at 11 a.m. MST with Ottawa serving as the home team.

Both games will be broadcast on TV3, Viasat Hockey and Viaplay. Additional broadcast details will be released at a later time.