The following is a list of international ice hockey competitions where National Hockey League players have been able to participate. Most of these competitions were arranged by the NHL or NHLPA.
The Summit Series was an eight-game challenge series between the Soviet National Team and a Canadian professional team.
In the 1972 Summit Series, the Canadian team was made up of NHL hockey players. No World Hockey Association players were included in the event. Two years later, Canadian WHA players competed in the 1974 Summit Series and were defeated by the Soviets. There were however, some former NHLers playing for the WHA in the series.
The Super Series were exhibition games between Soviet teams and NHL teams that took place on each NHL opponents' home ice in North America from 1976 to 1991. The Soviet teams were usually club teams from the Soviet hockey league. The exception was in 1983, when the Soviet National Team represented the Soviet Union. Soviet teams won 14 series, NHL teams won 2 series, and 2 series were tied.
In the following summary the winner of a series is in bold.
|Year||1st Team||2nd Team||W||L||T|
|1976||Soviet Wings Moscow||NHL||3||1||0|
|1979||Soviet Wings Moscow||NHL||2||1||1|
|1990||NHL||Soviet Wings Moscow||3||1||1|
The Canada Cup tournament was a major international invitational competition for NHL players before the advent of the World Cup. In the 1976 and 1991 Canada Cups, the Soviet Union teams were missing many of their top players due to personal and political reasons.
|1979||Soviet Union||NHL All-Stars|
|1st||11 February 1987||NHL All-Stars||Soviet Union||4-3|
|2nd||13 February 1987||Soviet Union||NHL All-Stars||5-3|
During the 1994–95 NHL lockout the Ninety Nine All Stars Tour was created by Wayne Gretzky and some of his personal friends, who formed a team and toured Europe for a total of eight games against mainly European competition, and playing games in five different countries.
In 1996, the World Cup of Hockey replaced the Canada Cup.
|2002||Salt Lake City||Canada||United States||Russia|
Since 1976, there has been no limit to how many NHL players countries can send to the IIHF World Championships, but the tournament is usually played during the NHL playoffs. Because of the NHL lockout in 2004, all NHL players were available to participate in the 2005 Championship. However, many players did not participate because they had not played for a full season, and were therefore not in "game shape."
Between 2000 and 2003, a select few NHL teams traveled to Europe to play exhibition games against top division teams in the Swedish and Finnish leagues.
|2000||Vancouver Canucks||Djurgårdens IF||2-1|
|2001||Colorado Avalanche||Brynäs IF||5-3|
|2003||Toronto Maple Leafs||Jokerit||5-3|
|2003||Toronto Maple Leafs||Djurgårdens IF||9-2|
|2003||Toronto Maple Leafs||Färjestads BK||3-0|
The Victoria Cup was an ice hockey tournament organized by the IIHF and intended for teams of the Champions Hockey League and the NHL. The inaugural Cup was a single game playoff between the 2008 IIHF European Champions Cup winners Metallurg Magnitogorsk and the New York Rangers of the NHL. It was held in Bern, Switzerland on 1 October 2008. The Rangers won 4-3.
The 2009 edition of the tournament featured the ZSC Lions, the 2008–09 Champions Hockey League winners, and the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. The ZSC Lions defeated the Blackhawks 2-1 in the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland.
|2008||New York Rangers||Metallurg Magnitogorsk|
|2009||ZSC Lions||Chicago Blackhawks|
Teams of the former Soviet league have not played against NHL teams after the Super Series ended until 2008, when the 2008 Victoria Cup took place in Bern. In 2010 the NHL teams played their first games on Russian and Latvian ice since 1990.