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Devils GM says Yankee Stadium game will be ‘something special’

May 15, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

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New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello enthusiastically promoted the recently confirmed announcement of an outdoor game against the New York Rangers, which will take place on Jan. 26 at Yankee Stadium.

The location means a lot to Lamoriello – who has ties to the Yankees organization – as he told the Bergen Record.

“I just think it’s going to be a tremendous experience for everybody concerned – the fans, the players – with the whole environment of Yankee Stadium,” Lamoriello said. “It’s a special place.”

He said that having six outdoor contests doesn’t really detract from the positive impact of returning to the roots of the games – even if many of the players involved may not have even had that many experiences playing in outdoor rinks.

“This is an outdoor event. This is an experience,” Lamoriello said. “This like when you play pond hockey, which is how the roots started. The wind, the cold, all of that stuff, the players are going to enjoy. They’re not really old enough to enjoy that this is the way it really started, but they’re going to experience something special.

“That’s how I learned how to play – on the pond, outside. I think it’s just going to be a lot of nostalgia because of that.”

  1. windmiller4 - May 15, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    It would be more special if there wasn’t 5 other outdoor games..

  2. multiplemiggs - May 15, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Agreed. And of course, the NHL’s prized posession Penguins are in another one. So sick of them.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 15, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      You don’t like watching some of the game’s best players?

    • blackfoot11 - May 15, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      NHL’s prize possession, huh…the Rangers are slated to play in two outdoor games three days apart against the aforementioned Devils and then the NYI. Home town favors being handed out for the Rangers.

  3. blomfeld - May 16, 2013 at 1:10 AM


    I positively love this idea of ‘many’ outdoor games next year! Yankee Stadium, Dodger Stadium, the ‘Big’ House, etc. I can’t wait for next year now as I’ll be watching them all, just as I’m sure many of you will too! The bottom line friends is that we’re very fortunate to have a bold and ‘forward-thinking’ visionary like Gary Bettman in charge of our sport!

    GO BETTMAN ! … GO OUTDOOR GAMES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. 950003cups - May 16, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    ^^^ Gary, is that you? How ya been?

  5. drone501 - May 16, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    winter classic is now just another game on the schedule. might as well play it on a monday night between seinfeld reruns.

  6. orangandblack - May 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Love the Winter Classic, especially next year in the big house in michigan. Going to be at a great sports venue, tons of people, and tons of excitment. With that being said, the stadium series is taking all that excitment away. Two years ago in Philly, I felt like I had to be at citizens bank park for what I thought was going to be a once in a lifetime chance to see live outdoor hockey. Now if they came back, all that excitment would be gone.

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