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Belfast is an 'ideal setting' for NHL game as league goes international

Belfast has what it takes to host an NHL game in the near future. That's according to one USA sport website, which named the city as one of three top contenders to host a fixture.

The Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks played pre-season fixtures in Beijing and Shanghai last week, breaking through borders that the National Hockey League hadn't previously breached in its 100-year history.

On the back of that successful tour to China, thescore.com had a look at three cities that could be next on the NHL's list as it looks to increase its stature and enhance global interest.

Along with Gangneung in South Korea and Norway's Hamar, the website pin-pointed Belfast as another desirable destination.

As evidence of the city's ability to host a top quality ice-hockey event, thescore took into account the 2017 IIHF Division 1 Championship that was hosted in the SSE Arena in April. The website also gave its approval to the central location of the Belfast Giants' home arena and gave a nod to the 10,000 capacity of the stadium, concluding that the city could be an 'ideal setting' for the NHL's next international trip.

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