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The NHL in Australia: Not just ‘the circus coming to town,’ but a chance for growth

Nathan Walker, a 29-year-old fourth-line grinder who can never take his NHL status for granted, will sharpen his focus this week as his St. Louis Blues open training camp. Yet as he tries to lock down a job, Walker will keep a close eye on a party the NHL is throwing some 9,500 miles away, in his homeland.

The league is taking its Global Series to Australia, making its first foray into the Southern Hemisphere with two exhibition games between the Los Angeles Kings and Arizona Coyotes this weekend. As the first Australian to play in the NHL, Walker is deeply fascinated at how the contests at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena – known more as the site of the Australian Open tennis tournament – will be received in the country. His country. He is a proud Aussie.

“I know Australia is going to love it,” said Walker, who was born in Wales and moved to Sydney with his parents when he was…

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