Key dates in Season 4 schedule

Season 4 begins today (Aug. 19, 2014) with six games. The most interesting might be the offense-minded Zurich Lions playing in Defense City, Finland.

Another interesting matchup comes Wednesday when Belfast tries out its new look lineup at home against the President’s Trophy-winning Paris Rouges Eiffels. And the defending champs, Moscow, open in Oslo on Wednesday.

Aside from the usual geographic rivalries, here are some more games of note on the schedule.

Upcoming games involving recently traded players and their former teams:

Oct. 3 – Mike Cammalleri and Dalton Prout of Stockholm vs. Bern and Shane Doan, Anton Babchuk and Corey Potter (in Stockholm) Update: Bern won 4-2. Doan (0 points, 0 +/-)

Oct. 3 – Nick Bjugstad and Magnus Paajarvi of Frankfurt vs. Minsk (in Frankfurt) Update: Frankfurt won 5-4. (Paajarvi 1 goal, +1), Bjugstad (0 points, 0 +/-)

Oct. 18 – Tomas Vokoun of Stockholm vs. Jonas Hiller of Madrid (in Stockholm)

Oct. 24 – Roberto Luongo of Zurich vs. Brian Elliott of Copenhagen (in Zurich)

Oct. 29 – Michael Del Zotto of Minsk vs. Geneva and Sergei Kostitsyn, Ilya Nikulin and Valeri Nichushkin (in Minsk)

Oct. 30 – James Neal and Oliver Ekman-Larsson of Belfast vs. Tony Martensson, Olivier Roland, Ondrej Pavelec and Adam Larsson of Edinburgh (in Edinbugh)

Oct. 30 – Travis Zajac of Helsinki vs. Frankfurt and Kyle Clifford and Gareth Roberts (in Helsinki)

Nov. 2 – Bobby Ryan of Stockholm vs. James Van Riemsdyk and Jakub Petruzalek of Dublin (in Dublin)

Nov. 7 – Ryan Wilson of Munich vs. Berlin (in Munich)

Nov. 21 – Ryan Suter of Gothenburg vs. Oslo and Eric Gelinas and Morgan Rielly (in Gothenburg)

Nov. 24 – Colin Greening of Stockholm vs. T.J. Brodie of Copenhagen (in Copenhagen)

Dec. 6 – Viktor Fasth of Stockholm vs. Paris (in Stockholm)

Jan. 10 –Jon Merrill of Bern vs. Minsk (in Minsk)

Jan. 13 and 17 – Kris Versteeg of Moscow vs. Berlin (in Berlin)

Jan. 19 – Dion Phaneuf of Copenhagen vs. Munich and Mark Giordano and Charlie Coyle (in Munich)

And here’s when the top 12 ranked free agents face their old buddies:

Dec. 4 – Joe Pavelski, Belfast vs. Madrid (in Belfast) Pavelski to be in Madrid for the first time on Feb. 21

Nov. 21 – Joe Thornton, Frankfurt vs. Munich (in Frankfurt)

Oct. 30 – Corey Crawford, Bratislava vs. Athens (in Athens)

Nov. 25 – Daniel Sedin, London vs. Oslo (in Oslo)

Nov. 28 – Matt Moulson, Belfast vs. Copenhagen (in Belfast)

Oct. 25 – Miikka Kiprusoff, St. Petersburg vs. Stockholm (in Stockholm)

Oct. 10 – Henrik Sedin, Munich vs. Milan (in Munich)

Nov. 7 – Pavel Datsyuk, Stockholm vs. London (in Stockholm)

Oct. 21 – Thomas Vanek, Milan vs. Geneva (in Milan)

Oct. 6 – Chris Higgins, Frankfurt  vs. Moscow (in Frankfurt)

Dec. 18  – Ville Peltonen, Berlin vs. Copenhagen (in Berlin)

Dec. 8 – Derek Roy, Milan vs. Moscow (in Moscow)

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