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NHL will have ‘definitely less than six’ outdoor games in 2014-2015

Jan 24, 2014, 9:32 PM EDT

NHL Stadium Series Los Angeles AP

It appears the spectacle of the outdoor game in the National Hockey League will be reduced going forward.

This season, the NHL had six outdoor games scheduled, although that likely seems because of the lockout that disrupted the 2012-13 season, and led to the cancellation of the 2013 Winter Classic.

The latest in the outdoor series takes place Saturday, when the Anaheim Ducks and L.A. Kings at Dodger Stadium.

“There was an attitude to really just regain the pace and the momentum that we were at before the CBA issue,” NHL COO John Collins told the league’s website. “We have been able to do that.”

However, as per Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo Sports, Collins is quoted as saying the NHL will have “definitely less than six” outdoor games in 2014-15.

It is worth noting that, according to David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News, the San Jose Sharks are currently looking at three different sites for a possible outdoor game.

The series of outdoor games began on New Year’s Day, when the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings in the Winter Classic, which attracted more than 105,000 fans.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 25, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    I’m thinking they’ll have at most 3 games.

    1) Winter Classic (Approved)
    2) Heritage (Maybe)
    3) Stadium Series (Unsure)

    Having 6 games I can assume was the leagues way of recovering the lost revenue from the lockout last season. Seems like a logical/legit reason.

  2. minnesotamirage - Jan 25, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Hockey was never meant to be played outdoors in the southern states. Either move north where it belongs outdoors or stay inside. Give a game to the wild and jets and you will see real crowd.

    • ron05342 - Jan 25, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Moron, Dodger Stadium is practically sold out. That translates into 50,000 human beings.

      What in the world do you define as a “real crowd?” Moron.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      There was a story on the news last night about the two games this weekend, they interviewed NHL ice guru Dan Craig and apparently they’ve had an easier time getting the ice ready in 80 degree LA than they have at Yankee Stadium.

  3. 12is3times4 - Jan 25, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Mark my words, this “slowdown” won’t last. As long as more teams want a piece of the stadium-game pie, the league is going to find it very hard to say no.

    My prediction still stands: Eventually, I’d say as soon as 2020, all 30 teams will have a regularly scheduled large-stadium game each season. Maybe two – one home, one away. Maybe even “home” games in stadia in non-NHL cities far from their home markets, like Green Bay’s Lambeau Field.

  4. avfanforlife - Jan 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Coors Light Stadium Series… Hmmm… HOW ABOUT COORS FIELD ALREADY ?!?

    Cold yet clear – And a sell out? Ya think? AVs v Detroit – ’nuff said!

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    San Jose: Try Candlestick. Definitely cold enough, and not overly booked up anymore.

  6. minnesotamirage - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    A real crowd is 100000. And a real game would get that

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jan 25, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Well neither Winnipeg nor Minnesota have a stadium capable of holding that many people, in fact there are very few stadiums capable of holding that, I can think of 5 I think are capable: Michigan, Penn St, Ohio St, Tennessee and cowboys stadium, oh the Rose Bowl might be as well.

      Winnipeg’s stadium is capable of holding around 40,000 with temporary seating (they actually have plans to hold an outdoor game as part of their 5 year anniversary celebrations) and the University of Minnesota stadium is around 55,000 I believe.

  7. minnesotamirage - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    Ron05324 your the moron

  8. heynyc61 - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Cold? I can’t imagine winny will get one

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