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Report: NHL ponders Habs – Bruins outdoor game

Feb 3, 2014, 9:48 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins already drew the 2010 Winter Classic, but it sounds like the team wants to be a part of another outdoor game. The pitch is a pretty strong one, too; they’d host the Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium next time around, at least according to the Sports Business Daily’s Chris Botta.

Housing arguably the most storied rivalry in NHL history is a strong sell, but it’s not as if the league lacks suitors for outdoor games.

From Colorado to New York and even Cleveland, there are plenty of venues that would be delighted to host a game in unpredictable conditions. The most recent report points to four outdoor games taking place in 2014-15, but plenty can change to either add or subtract contests from the docket.

Still, it’s easy to see the allure of the Canadiens and Bruins adding even more history to a rivalry that’s meant a lot to the league for a very long time.

  1. killerpgh - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    With that d-bag Jeremy Jacobs being the Chairman of the Board of Governors I wouldn’t be surprised to see an outdoor game in Boston every year as long as he gets a bigger cut for being the home team and they agree to use his food service company with no limit on how much they can rape customer by charging whatever he wants.

    But other than that I’ld watch that outdoor game.

  2. govtminion - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    I’d love to see it, but… and I say this as a B’s fan… I’d rather see Montreal get the game, since that hockey-mad city deserves a Winter Classic more than Boston deserves another one so soon.

    I love the matchup though, that should be a lot of fun.

    (Yes, I know Montreal had an outdoor game, it was also, what, ten years ago now?)

    • jhmiddleton81 - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      That is very noble of you to want to give Montreal a game, and I completely agree they deserve one, but until the roof on the Olympic stadium is renovated to the retractable one like at BC Place in Vancouver, Montreal will not host an outdoor game. One of the main reasons why Canada hasn’t hosted an outdoor game, is because they don’t have big enough venues like in the United States with so many football stadiums and baseball parks. I think this would be an awesome idea for Montreal to play Boston at Gillette in front of nearly 70,000 fans. Trust me when I say this, the day that stadium is properly renovated, they will host an outdoor game and a heritage classic in Olympic Stadium, but until probably 2016 at the earliest (still no plans to renovate yet!) they will not be awarded a game.

      • govtminion - Feb 4, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        I admit that I’ve only been to Montreal once (and also admit that it was for a bachelor party, so I wasn’t exactly in an ‘architecture’ frame of mind…), I hadn’t realized until this thread that there wasn’t a good venue there for an outdoor game. I’m actually surprised by it, but it does explain why there hasn’t already been a good attempt at it in a city which- let’s be honest- is about as hockey-mad as it gets.

        Habs fans are as rabid as any out there (which, as a Bruins fan,makes it so fun to hate them!), I hope they get a game at some point- and until then, I hope they DO end up being the opponent for Boston in an outdoor game sometime soon. Anyone else is just… not the same.

  3. djshnooks - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Buffalo was the team who brought this idea to Bettman and the NHL.

    They started this event that everybody wants and loves…an event that brings the NHL lots and lots of money in revenue. Without Buffalo, there is no Winter Classic.

    They deserve another one, before other teams start getting 2 or 3 of them.

    And yes, Jeremy Jacobs is a dirtbag…way to turn on the city that MADE you, Jacobs. Without Buffalo, there is no Jacobs…without Jacobs, there is no Delaware North company…and without Delaware North, the Bruins don’t have Jacobs, his money or his power.

    Terry Pegula is the new key-holder to the city, Jeremy…and he will soon put you to shame, and become legendary in YOUR hometown city…while we all forget you.


    • thesportsjudge - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      Why ruin your post with douchey #Buffalostrong?

      BostonStrong was born from a terrible event.
      When you do what you did, it is almost as bad as that idiot Toronto fan from the playoffs last season.

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:53 PM

        Not for nothing, but as soon as the Boston sports teams started in with it, it cheapened the meaning–the power of it–and they opened it up for that kind of thing.

        Not sure I would have ended a comment like that with #BuffaloStrong, but the moral high ground was ceded last summer.

      • thesportsjudge - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        I agree with the sports teams using it. I didn’t care for it then, and I still don’t. MAYBE use it one time, to acknowledge the situation, but that should be it.

    • therooneyskilledwebster - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      Buffalo weak…just like the Jills and Labes. How did he actually “turn” on Buffalo, the city of his birth (unlike your carpetbagger Pegula who hails from PA)? I am far from a fan of Jacobs but without Jacobs there is no Buffalo, which would be no loss as far as I’m concerned. The “dirtbag” has donated more money to Buffalo hospitals, research centers and UB than anyone, living or dead. Who the hell wants to be the key- holder to Buffalo ? Nobody cares about Buffalo. Your town’s greatest athlete got away with a double murder. Sounds like you’re just upset he chose the world renowned, first class, sports championship Mecca that is Boston over a town you drive through on your way to Toronto.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Feb 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM

        Wow, this has to be the first time anyone anywhere has uttered the words first class in relation to anything remotely Boston. Boston and class are not two words that go together.

    • theageofquarrel - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:06 AM

      Plus nobody and I mean NOBODY outside of Buffalo wants to watch the Sabres

      • greenmtnboy31 - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        That’s true, but let’s set the facts straight.

        This “event” did not start in Buffalo. Has anything started in Buffalo?

        The first of the NHL outdoor games was between the Canadiens and the Oilers back in 2003, known as The Heritage Classic I believe.

        It is well past the time that Montreal, as the most storied and successful franchise in NHL history, hosts one of these games.

  4. slaugin - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    It took a loooong time for him to spend in Boston and most fans (including myself) still don’t like him

  5. terrier92 - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Love the matchup yet agree that Montreal deserves to host the game . This from someone who sleeps well after every Habs loss . Hate the Habs with all my being yet do respect them A game outdoors in Montreal would be awesome . Plus I’ve already been to two . Been there done that . I’d rather see Habs visit da Garden and watch from my comfortable seat front row of balcony . Go Btuins

  6. AppealToReason - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Montreal doesn’t have anywhere that can seat what has become the expected capacity for these outdoor games. PMM stadium is like 25k which is like 5k more than the Bell Centre.

    • govtminion - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      Oh? For some reason I thought it was much larger than that.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Feb 4, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      PMM would be a great place for a game.

    • joey4id - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      If there will be an outdoor game it will be held at the hippodrome where 162,466 spectators attended the U2 concert in 2011.

  7. molsonexport - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Outdoor games should be played at football stadiums not baseball parks.

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