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NHL exec on multiple outdoor games: ‘We’re looking at it real hard’

Apr 7, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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Are the rumors true that the 2014 Winter Classic might not be the only outdoor game on the NHL’s 2013-14 schedule?

NHL COO John Collins admitted that the league is looking at it, but stopped well short of any kind of confirmation to Yahoo’s Nick Cotsonika.

“We’ve been talking about it for a while. But I think now we’re looking at it real hard,” Collins said.

He wouldn’t confirm any dates, teams or locations, but did say that more than one outdoor game could happen next season.

The Fourth Period reports there could be one featuring the Los Angeles Kings that would take place at historic Dodger Stadium.

Of course, it’s important to circle back to the fact that Collins confirmed interest in the idea – strong, interest, even – but not official plans.

So don’t get your hopes up too much, yet it’s understandable if you start daydreaming about Dodger dogs and dekes.

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  1. bensawesomeness - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I always thought they should do 2 winter classics this coming year, almost to ‘make up’ for the one last year we missed.

    Personally i’m pulling for one in Minnesota against the Stars

    • DonkeyStick - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      yeah, great ratings….a team that moved because they couldn’t get fans n Minnesota and the Dallas Stars and their #22 out of 30 attendance ranking fan base. I’m sure that’s what the NHL will do.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        Before you claim the North Stars left Minnesota because they couldn’t get fans, you may want to research your theory. How about the failure to secure a new arena in either Minneapolis or St. Paul. Or maybe the sexual harassment lawsuit against the owner Norm Green brought on by an employee. The owner’s wife, threatened to leave him unless he moved the team. As far as fans not supporting them, there is some truth to that, however name me a teams that have multiple losing seasons that have fan support.

        The Wild could have had the Minnesota North Stars name, however Dallas for some reason has refused to give the rights to the name back to Minnesota.

      • DonkeyStick - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        Congrats, you copied and pasted “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_North_Stars” but left out POOR ATTENDANCE!!!! Minnesota attendance as follows;

        85- 13,000
        86- 13,000
        87- 13,000
        88- 11,000
        89- 9,000
        90- 11,000
        91- 7,000
        92- 13,000
        ARENA FOOTBALL ATTENDANCE IS HIGHER!!!!!!

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        I believe I said there was more to it than fan attendance. I believe I did say fan attendance was down. Funny, you don’t have playoff game attendances listed. If I’m not mistaken, they were all sellouts.

        Minnesota fans have shown if you put out a competitive product, the fans will show up.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 7, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Great idea, because the more of them they have, the more special each one is. Oh, wait.

  3. karja94 - Apr 7, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    The only time it would be acceptable to have more than one outdoor game per season would be for the 2017/2018 season because that will be the NHL’s 100th anniversary technically. Then on on a specific date, like Jan 1st you could have all 30 teams playing outdoor games (in suitable environments) and try and get rivalry match ups or MIN vs DAL or PHX vs WIN.
    Just my opinion, probably will never happen.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      An intriguing idea, though to maximize ratings revenue, they might want to spread them out through January. And I would hope that Leafs/Habs would be the prime game, as they are the only two teams that have been in the NHL the entire time.

  4. watermelon1 - Apr 7, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    If they don’t finally get the Caps a home outdoor game on the reflection pool…. Then they’re still doing it wrong!

  5. youngs79 - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    DonkeyStick, The North Stars leaving Minnesota had nothing, I repeat, nothing to do with attendance. They averaged around 13,000 a game. Do your homework next time. For your information, Norm Green, the owner was accused of sexual harassment and his wife told him she would never step foot in Minnesota again. He moved the team to keep his marriage together and blamed not getting a new rink as the reason. As Paul Harvey used to say, now you know the rest of the story.

    • DonkeyStick - Apr 7, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Congrats, you copied and pasted “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_North_Stars” but left out POOR ATTENDANCE!!!! Minnesota attendance as follows;

      85- 13,000
      86- 13,000
      87- 13,000
      88- 11,000
      89- 9,000
      90- 11,000
      91- 7,000
      92- 13,000
      ARENA FOOTBALL ATTENDANCE IS HIGHER!!!!!!

  6. puckmepuckyou - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    What a way to soak fans and take all the special out of an original idea. I totally agree that an outdoor game on the reflecting pool would be friggin awesome. Can’t think of another team that could have a game on a national monument.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      I’ll not thumb your comment either way as I agree with part but… A few complications of the Reflecting Pool idea include its dimensions. It is much wider than an NHL rink, and 10 times longer. Unless it already has them, you’d have to drain its 6.75 million gallons to install pipes to make sure you’d have ice. The grass and nearby trees would make erecting seats tricky. Getting National Park Service approval might be tough. But hey, don’t let that stop you.

  7. cameltoews - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Yeah they are saying LA and NY as other potential outdoor games as well as the heritage game in Canada. I have no idea how the LA game will work out in terms of ice quality but you guys are right. Lets squeeze as much money out of the hardworking fans as we can.

  8. capsfan19 - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    When are they going to throw washington a bone? It actually gets cold here unlike city of angels

  9. greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Minnesota is going to get the 2015 game. The only question is, will it be at Target Field or TCF Bank Stadium. Minnesota’s owner Craig Leipold has been trying to secure this game since he has taken over ownership. Now that the Wild have legitimate players in Zack Parise, Ryan Suter, and Dany Heatley, they have the star appeal the NHL wants, with a team that has made the playoffs. The only other question is who will they play?

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 7, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      If I’m not mistaken the Vikings will be playing at TCF Stadium at that point, it would make more sense to have it at the baseball stadium since then you could keep the ice for a week and allow HS or college games to play there as well.

      If Minnesota is given an outdoor game (something which you Wild fans seem to think is a done deal) I can only see them doing it against a major market or Pittsburgh. No offense to the Wild or their fans but currently they aren’t a team that’s going to draw the casual fan. Although the game draws around the same every year regardless of matchup I don’t think the NHL has enough foresight to choose good storyline matchup (does Minny have someone that fits that?) over their compulsion to always include a major eastern market.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 8, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        Wild vs Hawks in 2015. They’ll be in the same division, plus you’ll have your O6 team. We all know there will never be a WC game without either A) an O6 team or B) a team from the Northeast.

  10. blackhawks2010 - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Hawks v Blues match up would be cool at Soldier Fied

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      They already did one in Chicago. Put one in STL at Busch Stadium

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