Six Outdoor NHL Games to be Played in 2014

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April 17, 2013 9:00 AM by Smash

2014 NHL Outdoor ScheduleBy now, everyone is familiar with the Winter Classic played in the NHL each year. After the Edmonton Oilers played the Montreal Canadiens in the first NHL outdoor game in 2003, the NHL made the Winter Classic an annual event played on New Year’s Day.

Beginning next season (I haven’t heard about additional seasons), six NHL games will be played outdoors. The schedule is as follows:

January 1, 2014: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Detroit Red Wings @ Michigan Stadium

January 25, 2014: Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings @ Dodger Stadium

January 26, 2014: New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers @ Yankee Stadium

January 29, 2014: New York Islanders vs. New York Rangers @ Yankee Stadium

March 1, 2014: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Chicago Blackhawks @ Soldier Field

March 2, 2014: Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Canucks @ BC Place

This will be a great move in terms of exposure for the League. However, I always liked the idea of one game a year outdoors. It was something to look forward to on New Year’s Day and usually somewhere cold. The idea of a game at Dodger Stadium seems ridiculous.

If you watched the Winter Classic a couple years back against the Capitals and Penguins, you would have noticed the condition of the ice at Heinz Field. It was slush and you could see the players struggling. How Dodger Stadium will be able to have smooth, playable ice is beyond me. Some rinks struggle to begin with it in arenas.

Overall, it’ll be fun for hockey and fans and non-fans alike. I’m sure they’ll all be televised nationally and hopefully introduce more fans to the game.

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One thought on “Six Outdoor NHL Games to be Played in 2014

  1. Historical Joe says:

    I be sure to be busy at those times self mutilating myself. It is much better than giving hockey my attention or money.

    P.S. Is this going to happen or will there be another strike next year. PAAAASSSSSSS

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