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NHL confirms Ottawa will get outdoor game

Dec 24, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

Chris Neil AP

The Ottawa Senators will be getting their much-anticipated outdoor game — the only question is when.

“Ottawa is going to get one,” NHL COO John Collins told the Ottawa Sun. “It’s a great market. We had a great all-star experience (in 2012).

“It’s just a matter of picking a date to commit to it.”

As for when the NHL might commit, here’s the Sun’s Bruce Garrioch:

The Heritage Classic is coming to the national capital, likely in 2017 at the newly-built Lansdowne Live against the Montreal Canadiens.

That year is Canada’s 150th birthday, the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup, the 100th anniversary of the NHL and the Senators 25th year in the league.

Ottawa will participate in and outdoor game this year at the 2014 Heritage Classic, to take place at B.C. Place on Mar. 2 against the Vancouver Canucks. Collins noted that several other Canadian teams have put forth requests for a future outdoor game — Toronto and Montreal most notably — so it’s possible the Sens could take on either the Leafs or Habs when it’s their turn to play outside.

  1. ibieiniid - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    2017. hey, that’s right around the–.

    well, it’s sometime at least.

    • mikebel11 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      And you get an outdoor game! And you get an outdoor game! And you get an outdoor game!

      Thanks Gary Oprah. According to another report, all games will be played outdoors by 2020.

  2. mnwildfan15 - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    More proof the nhl hates the people of Minnesota…….

    • ibieiniid - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM

      personally, I don’t even like how they pronounce the name of their own state. good on you, NHL.

      (just kidding)

  3. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Hopefully it’s against the Leafs. The only time the Sens can fill the seats is when half the butts in them are Leafs’ fans.

  4. steelers88 - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    That’s not true. It looked like they were sold out last night.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      Crosby tends to have that effect in Canada.

  5. joey4id - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Ooooh! Yeah! Before Montreal! Ouch! That must sting. Personally! I wouldn’t pay to see a game indoors let alone go freeze outside to watch one when I can be sitting at home watching it on TV.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      wait what? you don’t like going to regular hockey games? like, not even $75 worth?

      • joey4id - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:03 PM

        I love going to regular and playoff games. I wouldn’t pay to go. Freebies only, and only top teams. I will not go watch Florida even if it’s a freebie. I’ll be there next time Hawks are in town.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        oh, if i knew you were jewish, I woulda wished you happy hanukkah.

        sorry…. i had to.

      • joey4id - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        I actually have an extra tic vs Hawks. I’ll use both seats this time around. I’ll use one for the winter coat. ⛄ Be sitting behind the penalty boxes.

  6. atwatercrushesokoye - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    The NHL seems intent on killing this golden goose, I’m sure by 2017 there’ll be 16 outdoor games.

    If the outdoor game hasn’t jumped the shark yet it most certainly will when they play an “outdoor game” indoors in Vancouver.

  7. joeyashwi - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Actually the outdoor game is jumping the shark this year by playing one in Cali. It’s as ridiculous as playing a Super Bowl in cold weather…oh wait….

  8. steelers88 - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    I hate that the NHL has scheduled so many outdoor games this year. I just thought it was more special when there was one outdoor game a year. Now the Winter Classic is not as special.

  9. steelers88 - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I think the NHL should only have two outdoor games a year. The Winter Classic and the Heritage Classic.

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