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Utah Jazz announce 2022-23 season will begin in Edmonton, Canada

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, people talk outside Rogers Place, the home ice of the NHL hockey club Edmonton Oilers, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

The Jazz have long been part of the NBA’s Northwest Division — but it’s been a long time since they went this far north.

On Wednesday, the team announced their four-game preseason schedule for this upcoming October, including the news that the team will open their 2022-23 campaign in an unusual place: Edmonton, Canada. In the province of Alberta, the Jazz will play the Toronto Raptors as part of their NBA Canada series on October 2, at 2 p.m. MT.

We’re excited to be featured in the preseason NBA Canada Series,” Jazz general manager Justin Zanik said in a statement. “It is a unique opportunity for our organization to engage with the league’s Canadian fans in Edmonton. Our players and staff are looking forward to it.”

No NBA game has been played in Edmonton before — the game will take place in Rogers Place, home to the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. On October 14, the Raptors will play in Montreal, against the NBA finalist Boston Celtics.

After Edmonton, the Jazz will move on to play the Portland Trailblazers on Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. MT. The team will then return home for another week of training camp before playing San Antonio at Salt Lake City’s Vivint Arena on Oct. 11, before a playoff rematch against Dallas on Oct. 14. Both home games will be at 7 p.m. MT.

The team has yet to announce broadcast plans, on either TV or radio, for these preseason games or the rest of the 2022-23 regular season. The NBA’s regular season schedule, including the Jazz’s 82 games, has also not yet been released.