Gooya, Japan — The NHL is not only coming to the Pacific Islands, but it’s bringing its fans with it.
The NHL has signed an agreement with Gooya to broadcast all 32 teams in Japan, a deal that will give fans the opportunity to watch every NHL team in action at least once during the regular season.
Gooya, a coastal town in northern Japan, has been a home for NHL games for nearly 20 years and has become a hockey town with more than 5,000 seats.
The NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, NHL’s San Jose Sharks and NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers will be the first NHL teams to make their way to Gooya.
The new agreement comes as the NHL has been looking to increase its presence in the region.
In December, the league announced it had signed a $300 million contract with the Japanese government to build a new hockey arena in the city.
The city, known for its unique Japanese architecture, was chosen as the host of the new NHL arena because of its proximity to major Japanese cities such as Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe.
Gooya is also the home of the Gooya NHL team.
The deal with Gooyas is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs in the local area and will add an estimated $3.5 million to the local economy.
The NHL also hopes the new agreement will increase ticket sales for fans who would otherwise pay to go to a Japanese hockey game.