Unusual game sites

This is a list of regular season NHL games (i.e. not including pre-season exhibition games, or playoff games) that were played in an arena that was not the home team's usual rink. Sometimes the games were simply played in the away team's home arena, but most of the time the games are part of an NHL event taking place at neither team's home ice.

As far as I'm aware, I've found all the games that were not played at the home team's usual home arena. If I've missed any, please let me know at ambishop@gmail.com or on Twitter @NHLArenaGoals.

1910s

Quebec had an NHL team, but did not play the first two seasons. Several players who played for Quebec's NHA team (notably Joe Malone and Joe Hall) played for Montreal in 1917/18. This game at the Aréna de Québec allowed Quebec fans to see their favourite players while their team was inactive. Quebec eventually played one season, 1919/20, before moving to Hamilton.
  • December 27, 1919 - Ottawa Senators 2 @ Montreal Canadiens 0 (Ottawa Arena)
Montreal moved to Mount Royal Arena for the 1919/20 season, but the arena was not ready until January 1920. Their first home game of the season was played in Ottawa.

1920s-30s

  • November 29, 1924 - Toronto St. Patricks 1 @ Montreal Canadiens 7 (Montreal Forum)
The Montreal Maroons joined the league for the 1924/25 season and played in the new Montreal Forum. However, the honour of playing the first game at the Forum went to Montreal's original team, the Canadiens, who at this time played at Mount Royal Arena. They joined the Maroons at the Forum for the 1926/27 season.
All the records I can find online, unless they are mistaken, list these two games are as home games for what was actually the road team - New York was the home team at Detroit's arena and vice versa. 1926/27 was Detroit's first season and they played their regular home games at Border Cities Arena in Windsor, Ontario, before Olympia Stadium in Detroit was completed in 1927.
The Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, and Pittsburgh Pirates played numerous home games outside of their usual home arenas in the late 1920s and 1930s.

The Senators were the NHL's oldest team. They were formed in the 19th century, long before the NHL or even the NHA existed. However, Ottawa was in financial trouble in the 20s and 30s during the Great Depression. Fans in Ottawa were especially not interested in watching the Senators play against American teams, so occasionally home games were played away from the Ottawa Auditorium. This way, they could collect gate revenues that were much higher than what they would have received in their actual home arena.

Likewise, the Pittsburgh Pirates had financial troubles during this period and played some games away from their home, Duquesne Gardens. Ottawa and Pittsburgh also played several games at sites that had no NHL team - Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Peace Bridge Arena in Fort Erie, Ontario. The Pirates moved to Philadelphia in 1930 and played one season as the Quakers. Both the Quakers and Senators sat out the 1931/32 season; Ottawa returned to the league before eventually moving to St. Louis in 1934, but disbanded after one season as the Eagles. The Quakers did not return at all.

Chicago played in different arenas as well, because of problems with the availability of their home rinks, Chicago Coliseum and Chicago Stadium. They were unable to use the Coliseum at the end of the 1928/29 season, so they played home games at Peace Bridge Arena, Border Cities Arena, and Olympia Stadium. The new Chicago Stadium was not ready for the beginning of the 1929/30 season, so they played their first games in the old Coliseum. Their first three home games of the 1932/33 season were also played at the Coliseum.

Again, if online records are not mistaken, these two games were home games for the road team. (Online records also switch the days around, so I'm not sure how accurate they are.)

1950s

  • December 6, 1952 - Detroit Red Wings 2 @ Chicago Blackhawks 0 (Indiana State Fairgrounds)
  • December 18, 1953 - Detroit Red Wings 3 @ Chicago Blackhawks 1 (Indiana State Fairgrounds)
  • January 21, 1954 - Boston Bruins 3 @ Chicago Blackhawks 2 (Indiana State Fairgrounds)
  • February 19, 1954 - New York Rangers 3 @ Chicago Blackhawks 0 (Indiana State Fairgrounds)
  • February 25, 1954 - Detroit Red Wings 3 @ Chicago Blackhawks 2 (Ak-sar-ben Coliseum)
  • November 23, 1954 - Montreal Canadiens 4 @ Chicago Blackhawks 4 (St. Louis Arena)
  • November 30, 1954 - Montreal Canadiens 3 @ Chicago Blackhawks 3 (Ak-sar-ben Coliseum)
  • December 15, 1954 - Toronto Maple Leafs 8 @ Chicago Blackhawks 3 (St. Louis Arena)
  • January 2, 1955 - Toronto Maple Leafs 2 @ Chicago Blackhawks 3 (St. Louis Arena)
  • January 9, 1955 - Detroit Red Wings 6 @ Chicago Blackhawks 2 (St. Louis Arena)
  • January 29, 1955 - Detroit Red Wings 2 @ Chicago Blackhawks 2 (St. Louis Arena)
  • February 23, 1955 - Boston Bruins 3 @ Chicago Blackhawks 3 (St. Paul Auditorium)
  • March 16, 1955 - New York Rangers 1 @ Chicago Blackhawks 1 (St. Louis Arena)
  • October 25, 1955 - Boston Bruins 0 @ Chicago Blackhawks 2 (St. Louis Arena)
  • December 9, 1955 - Boston Bruins 1 @ Chicago Blackhawks 1 (St. Louis Arena)
  • December 20, 1955 - Montreal Canadiens 7 @ Chicago Blackhawks 1 (St. Louis Arena)
  • January 14, 1956 - Detroit Red Wings 3 @ Chicago Blackhawks 1 (St. Louis Arena)
  • January 17, 1956 - New York Rangers 2 @ Chicago Blackhawks 2 (Ak-sar-ben Coliseum)
  • March 8, 1956 - New York Rangers 6 @ Chicago Blackhawks 4 (St. Louis Arena)
From 1952 to 1956 the Chicago Blackhawks played numerous home games outside of Chicago in other cities in the Midwest. For the most part the games were played in St. Louis; St. Louis Arena had earlier been the home of the St. Louis Eagles in 1934/35, and would later be the home of the St. Louis Blues from 1967 to 1994. Chicago also played at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Ak-sar-ben Coliseum in Omaha, and the Auditorium in St. Paul. The February 25, 1954 game was originally scheduled for Minneapolis but was moved to Omaha.

1960s

  • October 14, 1967 Philadelphia Flyers 2 @ Los Angeles Kings 4 (Long Beach Arena)
  • October 15, 1967 Minnesota North Stars 3 @ Los Angeles Kings 5 (Long Beach Arena)
  • October 31, 1967 New York Rangers 6 @ Los Angeles Kings 1 (Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena)
  • November 2, 1967 Chicago Blackhawks 3 @ Los Angeles Kings 1 (Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena)
  • November 7, 1967 Oakland Seals 4 @ Los Angeles Kings 5 (Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena)
  • November 9, 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs 1 @ Los Angeles Kings 4 (Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena)
  • November 17, 1967 Detroit Red Wings 4 @ Los Angeles Kings 1 (Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena)
  • November 19, 1967 Montreal Canadiens 2 @ Los Angeles Kings 4 (Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena)
  • November 22, 1967 Oakland Seals 1 @ Los Angeles Kings 3 (Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena)
  • November 24, 1967 Pittsburgh Penguins 3 @ Los Angeles Kings 5 (Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena)
  • December 6, 1967 St. Louis Blues 2 @ Los Angeles Kings 3 (Long Beach Arena)
  • December 8, 1967 Philadelphia Flyers 3 @ Los Angeles Kings 0 (Long Beach Arena)
  • December 15, 1967 Minnesota North Stars 3 @ Los Angeles Kings 0 (Long Beach Arena)
  • December 16, 1967 Boston Bruins 5 @ Los Angeles Kings 2 (Long Beach Arena)
  • December 19, 1967 Oakland Seals 1 @ Los Angeles Kings 3 (Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena)
  • December 21, 1967 - Pittsburgh Penguins 1 @ Los Angeles Kings 4 (Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena)
  • December 23, 1967 - St. Louis Blues 0 @ Los Angeles Kings 4 (Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena)
  • March 3, 1968 - Oakland Seals 1 @ Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Madison Square Garden)
  • March 7, 1968 - Boston Bruins 2 @ Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Maple Leaf Gardens)
  • March 10, 1968 - Minnesota North Stars 0 @ Philadelphia Flyers 2 (Colisee de Quebec)
  • March 14, 1968 - Los Angeles Kings 0 @ Philadelphia Flyers 0 (Colisee de Quebec)
  • March 17, 1968 - Toronto Maple Leafs 4 @ Philadelphia Flyers 7 (Colisee de Quebec)
  • March 28, 1968 - St. Louis Blues 0 @ Philadelphia Flyers 2 (Colisee de Quebec)
  • March 30, 1968 - Pittsburgh Penguins 2 @ Philadelphia Flyers 0 (Colisee de Quebec)
  • November 8, 1968 - New York Rangers 3 @ Oakland Seals 2 (Cow Palace)
  • December 8, 1968 - Minnesota North Stars 4 @ Oakland Seals 1 (Cow Palace)
  • December 22, 1968 - Philadelphia Flyers 1 @ Oakland Seals 2 (Cow Palace)
  • February 21, 1969 - St. Louis Blues 2 @ Oakland Seals 3 (Cow Palace)
  • February 26, 1969 - Minnesota North Stars 5 @ Oakland Seals 6 (Cow Palace)
Two of the 1967 expansion teams played some of their games outside of their usual home arenas in their first year. The Los Angeles Kings' home arena was the Great Western Forum from 1967 to 1999, but it was not yet complete for the beginning of the 1967/68 season. Instead, they played home games at Long Beach Arena and the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

At the end of the season, the Spectrum, home of the Philadelphia Flyers, was damaged during a snowstorm. The Flyers played the rest of the season away from home. They played at Maple Leaf Gardens, Madison Square Garden (the afternoon before a New York Rangers home game), and then finished the season at the Colisée de Québec, the future home of the Quebec Nordiques.

During the 1968-69 season, the Oakland Seals played 5 games at the Cow Palace in Daly City, where the Western Hockey League San Francisco Seals had played from 1961-1967 and the San Jose Sharks would play from 1991 to 1993. (Thanks to James Karkoski for the tip about the Seals.)

1970s

The Hartford Whalers played at Hartford Civic Center, from 1975 to 1978 in the WHA and from 1980 to 1997 in the NHL. However, the roof collapsed in Hartford in 1979, so to begin their first NHL season, they played at the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. All home games from October 19, 1979 to February 3, 1980 were played in Springfield.

1990s

  • October 13, 1992 - Calgary Flames 4 @ Minnesota North Stars 3 (Saskatchewan Place, Saskatoon)
  • October 20, 1992 - Ottawa Senators 3 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 5 (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton)
  • November 3, 1992 - Chicago Blackhawks 1 @ Washington Capitals 4 (Market Square Arena, Indianapolis)
  • November 17, 1992 - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 @ Quebec Nordiques 3 (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton)
  • November 18, 1992 - Buffalo Sabres 2 @ New Jersey Devils 3 (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton)
  • December 1, 1992 - Los Angeles Kings 6 @ Chicago Blackhawks 3 (Bradley Center, Milwaukee)
  • December 8, 1992 - Montreal Canadiens 5 @ Los Angeles Kings 5 (Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix)
  • December 9, 1992 - Tampa Bay Lightning 5 @ New York Rangers 6 (Miami Arena, Miami)
  • December 13, 1992 - Edmonton Oilers 1 @ New York Islanders 4 (Myriad Convention Center, Oklahoma City)
  • December 15, 1992 - New York Islanders 4 @ St. Louis Blues 3 (Reunion Arena, Dallas)
  • January 4, 1993 - San Jose Sharks 1 @ Montreal Canadiens 4 (ARCO Arena, Sacramento)
  • January 18, 1993 - Hartford Whalers 7 @ Winnipeg Jets 8 (Saskatchewan Place, Saskatoon)
  • February 8, 1993 - St. Louis Blues 3 @ Hartford Whalers 1 (Carver Arena, Peoria)
  • February 8, 1993 - Boston Bruins 0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 4 (OMNI Coliseum, Atlanta)
  • February 16, 1993 - Philadelphia Flyers 4 @ Calgary Flames 4 (Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati)
  • February 20, 1993 - Quebec Nordiques 5 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 2 (Halifax Metro Center, Halifax)
  • February 22, 1993 - New York Rangers 4 @ San Jose Sharks 0 (ARCO Arena, Sacramento)
  • February 22, 1993 - Detroit Red Wings 5 @ Philadelphia Flyers 5 (Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland)
  • February 23, 1993 - Winnipeg Jets 8 @ Ottawa Senators 2 (Saskatchewan Place, Saskatoon)
  • March 1, 1993 - Vancouver Canucks 5 @ Buffalo Sabres 2 (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton)
  • March 11, 1993 - Minnesota North Stars 4 @ Vancouver Canucks 3 (Saskatchewan Place, Saskatoon)
  • March 16, 1993 - New Jersey Devils 1 @ Boston Bruins 3 (Providence Civic Center, Providence)
  • March 16, 1993 - Washington Capitals 4 @ Detroit Red Wings 2 (Bradley Center, Milwaukee)
  • March 21, 1993 - Pittsburgh Penguins 6 @ Edmonton Oilers 4 (Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland)
  • October 21, 1993 - San Jose Sharks 2 @ St. Louis Blues 5 (ARCO Arena, Sacramento)
  • October 31, 1993 - New Jersey Devils 1 @ New York Rangers 4 (Halifax Metro Center, Halifax)
  • November 3, 1993 - Pittsburgh Penguins 6 @ Buffalo Sabres 2 (ARCO Arena, Sacramento)
  • November 9, 1993 - Dallas Stars 2 @ Anaheim Ducks 4 (America West Arena, Phoenix)
  • November 18, 1993 - New York Islanders 5 @ Montreal Canadiens 1 (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton)
  • December 9, 1993 - Ottawa Senators 1 @ Dallas Stars 6 (Target Center, Minneapolis)
  • December 14, 1993 - Montreal Canadiens 1 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (Orlando Arena, Orlando)
  • December 23, 1993 - Calgary Flames 3 @ Vancouver Canucks 4 (Saskatchewan Place, Saskatoon)
  • December 26, 1993 - Florida Panthers 3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (Orlando Arena, Orlando)
  • December 31, 1993 - Philadelphia Flyers 4 @ Boston Bruins 3 (Target Center, Minneapolis)
  • January 2, 1994 - Anaheim Ducks 4 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (Orlando Arena, Orlando)
  • January 4, 1994 - Tampa Bay Lightning 1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs 0 (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton)
  • January 5, 1994 - Montreal Canadiens 4 @ Quebec Nordiques 0 (America West Arena, Phoenix)
  • January 6, 1994 - St. Louis Blues 2 @ Hartford Whalers 1 (Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland)
  • January 17, 1994 - Detroit Red Wings 6 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 3 (Target Center, Minneapolis)
  • January 24, 1994 - Los Angeles Kings 3 @ Calgary Flames 3 (America West Arena, Phoenix)
  • January 24, 1994 - Buffalo Sabres 0 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (Orlando Arena, Orlando)
  • January 24, 1994 - Vancouver Canucks 5 @ Edmonton Oilers 4 (Saskatchewan Place, Saskatoon)
  • February 2, 1994 - Washington Capitals 5 @ Philadelphia Flyers 2 (Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland)
  • February 8, 1994 - Chicago Blackhawks 3 @ San Jose Sharks 4 (ARCO Arena, Sacramento)
  • February 22, 1994 - Florida Panthers 3 @ Winnipeg Jets 2 (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton)
  • February 24, 1994 - Hartford Whalers 0 @ Detroit Red Wings 3 (Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland)
  • March 4, 1994 - Winnipeg Jets 6 @ Ottawa Senators 1 (Target Center, Minneapolis)
  • March 8, 1994 - Anaheim Ducks 0 @ Chicago Blackhawks 3 (America West Arena, Phoenix)
  • March 9, 1994 - New York Rangers 7 @ Washington Capitals 5 (Halifax Metro Center, Halifax)
  • March 18, 1994 - Buffalo Sabres 2 @ New York Islanders 2 (Target Center, Minneapolis)
  • March 20, 1994 - Washington Capitals 3 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 0 (Orlando Arena, Orlando)
  • March 23, 1994 - Toronto Maple Leafs 1 @ Florida Panthers 1 (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton)
  • March 27, 1994 - Quebec Nordiques 2 @ New Jersey Devils 5 (Target Center, Minneapolis)
  • April 3, 1994 - Edmonton Oilers 1 @ Los Angeles Kings 6 (ARCO Arena, Sacramento)
  • April 3, 1994 - Boston Bruins 2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 6 (Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland)
From 1992 to 1994 the NHL played numerous "neutral site" games. This was a period of expansion and proposed expansion, so some of the neutral sites were in cities that would later have teams (Reunion Arena in Dallas, America West Arena in Phoenix). Some games were also played in arenas that had been used by defunct or relocated teams (Richfield Coliseum, former home of the Cleveland Barons, OMNI Coliseum, former home of the Atlanta Flames).
The NHL opened the 1997/98 and 1998/99 seasons with two games each in Tokyo, Japan.

2000s-2010s

The NHL returned to Japan to start the 2000/01 season with two games at Saitama, Tokyo.
The Buffalo Sabres played 2 home games at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, in 2003 and 2005.

Heritage Classic

  • November 22, 2003 - Montreal Canadiens 4 @ Edmonton Oilers 3 (Commonwealth Stadium)
  • February 20, 2011 - Montreal Canadiens 0 @ Calgary Flames 4 (McMahon Stadium)
  • March 2, 2014 - Ottawa Senators 4 @ Vancouver Canucks 2 (BC Place)
  • 2016 Winnipeg?
The Heritage Classic is played outdoors at a Canadian stadium. So far, two have been played, at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton and McMahon Stadium in Calgary. A third is scheduled for BC Place in Vancouver, and a fourth has been announced for Winnipeg, possibly in 2016.

NHL Premiere

  • Sep 29 2007 - Anaheim Ducks 1 @ Los Angeles Kings 4 (O2 Arena, London)
  • Sep 30 2007 - Los Angeles Kings 1 @ Anaheim Ducks 4 (O2 Arena, London)
  • Oct 4 2008 - Pittburgh Penguins 4 @ Ottawa Senators 3 (Globe Arena, Stockholm)
  • Oct 4 2008 - New York Rangers 2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (O2 Arena, Prague)
  • Oct 5 2008 - Ottawa Senators 3 @ Pittburgh Penguins 1 (Globe Arena, Stockholm)
  • Oct 5 2008 - Tampa Bay Lightning 1 @ New York Rangers 2 (O2 Arena, Prague)
  • Oct 2 2009 - St. Louis Blues 4 @ Detroit Red Wings 3 (Globe Arena, Stockholm)
  • Oct 2 2009 - Florida Panthers 4 @ Chicago Blackhawks 3 (Hartwall Areena, Helsinki)
  • Oct 3 2009 - Detroit Red Wings 3 @ St. Louis Blues 5 (Globe Arena, Stockholm)
  • Oct 3 2009 - Chicago Blackhawks 4 @ Florida Panthers 0 (Hartwall Areena, Helsinki)
  • Oct 7 2010 - Carolina Hurricanes 4 @ Minnesota Wild 3 (Hartwall Areena, Helsinki)
  • Oct 8 2010 - San Jose Sharks 3 @ Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (Globe Arena, Stockholm)
  • Oct 8 2010 - Minnesota Wild 1 @ Carolina Hurricanes 2 (Hartwall Areena, Helsinki)
  • Oct 9 2010 - Columbus Blue Jackets 3 @ San Jose Sharks 2 (Globe Arena, Stockholm)
  • Oct 9 2010 - Phoenix Coyotes 5 @ Boston Bruins 2 (O2 Arena, Prague)
  • Oct 10 2010 - Boston Bruins 3 @ Phoenix Coyotes 0 (O2 Arena, Prague)
  • Oct 7 2011 - New York Rangers 2 @ Los Angeles Kings 3 (Globe Arena, Stockholm)
  • Oct 7 2011 - Anaheim Ducks 1 @ Buffalo Sabres 4 (Hartwall Areena, Helsinki)
  • Oct 8 2011 - New York Rangers 1 @ Anaheim Ducks 2 (Globe Arena, Stockholm)
  • Oct 8 2011 - Buffalo Sabres 4 @ Los Angeles Kings 2 (O2 World Arena, Berlin)
From 2007 to 2011, the NHL began the season with several games in Europe.

Winter Classic

  • January 1, 2008 - Pittsburgh Penguins 2 @ Buffalo Sabres (Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park)
  • January 1, 2009 - Detroit Red Wings 6 @ Chicago Blackhawks 4 (Wrigley Field, Chicago)
  • January 1, 2010 - Philadelphia Flyers 1 @ Boston Bruins 2 (Fenway Park, Boston)
  • January 1, 2011 - Washington Capitals 3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Heinz Field, Pittsburgh)
  • January 1, 2012 - New York Rangers 3 @ Philadelphia Flyers 2 (Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia)
  • January 1, 2014 - Toronto Maple Leafs 3 @ Detroit Red Wings 2 (Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor)
  • January 1, 2015? - Washington?
Like the Heritage Classic, the Winter Classic is played outdoors, but in the United States. The games always take place on January 1. So far, six have been played, with a seventh announced for Washington.

Stadium Series

  • January 25, 2014 - Anaheim Ducks 3 @ Los Angeles Kings 0 (Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles)
  • January 26, 2014 - New York Rangers 7 @ New Jersey Devils 3 (Yankee Stadium, New York)
  • January 29, 2014 - New York Rangers 2 @ New York Islanders 1 (Yankee Stadium, New York)
  • March 1, 2014 - Pittsburgh Penguins 1 @ Chicago Blackhawks 5 (Soldier Field, Chicago)
The Stadium Series is a series of games played outdoors in baseball/football stadiums in 2014. Unusually, the New York Rangers were not legally allowed to play as the home team at their two games at Yankee Stadium, so they were home games for the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders instead.

Once again, if I've missed any, please let me know at ambishop@gmail.com or on Twitter at @NHLArenaGoals.

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