The NHL’s 2018 Global Series is underway!  The New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers have headed overseas for a pair of exhibition matches and their regular-season opener. The two clubs are joined by NHL officials who will be handling the games.

Referee Brad Meier and linesman Lonnie Cameron officiated the Devils’ exhibition game against Switzerland’s SC Bern, a 3-2 Devils overtime win.  The NHL pair was joined by the Swiss officiating duo of referee Marc Wiegand and linesman Balasz Kovacs.

NHL Global Series Switzerland Referees and Linesmen

From left, officials Mark Wiegand, Brad Meier, Lonnie Cameron, and Balazs Kovacs


The Devils and Oilers kick off their 2018-19 regular seasons in Gothenburg, Sweden on October 6, with Meier and Cameron officiating.  Prior to that regular season affair, the two clubs will take part in two preseason games against European clubs. The New Jersey Devils defeated SC Bern 3-2 in Bern, Switzerland, on October 1.  The Edmonton Oilers face off against Kölner Haie in Cologne, Germany, on October 3.


Prior to the game, Meier and Cameron led an officiating clinic on September 30.  The duo led the Swiss officials through training both off and on the ice.



From the NHL:

The 2018 NHL Global Series™ will mark the seventh season the NHL has traveled to Europe to play regular-season games. 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 DevilsOilers matchup on Oct. 6 will be the 23rd NHL regular-season game played in Europe, the 11th such game played in Sweden, and the first NHL regular-season game played in Gothenburg.

In addition to the DevilsOilers contest in Gothenburg, the 2018 NHL Global Series will visit Helsinki, Finland, where the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets will face off in pair of regular-season games on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at Hartwall Arena.