NEW YORK — The NHL is scheduled to open a new game in its first-ever Toronto arena on Wednesday with a marquee show by the beloved Harry Potter movies.
The NHL announced Thursday it would begin playing games at the Toronto Centre as part of the league’s annual Toronto Classic.
The game will be the first of its kind for the NHL and the only one featuring Harry Potter, which was first announced in June and is slated to kick off with a special pregame show.
The movie, which is set in an alternate dimension, will be shown for the first time in Toronto as part a promotional campaign.
The league’s first NHL game will take place on March 18 when the Minnesota Wild take on the Buffalo Sabres at the Air Canada Centre.
It will also be the last time the NHL plays in Toronto.
The two teams will play on the same night at the same venue, with the only difference being the venue.
The announcement came as the NHL opened a new site on Friday at the corner of St. Clair Avenue and York Street in the heart of downtown Toronto.
The NHL and city have partnered to develop a new arena that will be a 20,000-seat venue that can accommodate more than 1,000 fans per game.
The team announced it would host a media day on Friday that will feature opening remarks from team owner Terry Pegula, general manager Brian Burke and former NHL star and current NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.