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Report: No outdoor game in Colorado in 2015, but good chance in 2016

Jun 14, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

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The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater passes along a good news/bad news proposition for Colorado Avalanche fans hoping to witness an outdoor game close to home.

Bad: The Avalanche won’t get to host an outdoor game during the 2014-15 season.

Good: Their odds of being the site of an outdoor contest in 2015-16 sound pretty high, at least according to the report.

Dater paints an enticing picture about what a 2016 outdoor game could be like at Coors Field, especially if the Avalanche are lucky enough to host a potential 2016 Winter Classic:

The good news: Denver wouldn’t have gotten the Big Enchilada Winter Classic game in early 2015 anyway, because that game already is set to be played in Washington. It would have had to have been a “Coors Light Stadium Series” game. So, maybe Denver will get the official Winter Classic in 2016. That would be a bigger event, and probably include an alumni game of sorts – and wouldn’t we just love it if that alumni game were between the Avs and Red Wings?

If that happened, it would be a victory for fans of the NHL as a whole – especially those who watched intently in the late 90’s and early 00’s – not just Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings devotees.

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  1. jmcurran28 - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    As a Darren McCarty fan, I approve this message.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 14, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Is this the same Adrien Dater who 1. Had the Oilers ranked as the 3rd best team in the NHL heading into the lockout shortened 2013 season? and 2. In 2003 after the Avalanche signed Kariya and Selanne proudly proclaimed that it was likely the Avalanche wouldn’t lose 10 games all year?

    Yeah, he has no credibility.

    • govtminion - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      While that first one is unforgivable, I’ll admit that the second one didn’t sound all that unlikely at the time… what a dud that whole thing turned out to be, but we didn’t know that going into the season. Adding Kariya and Selanne to Sakic, Forsberg, Blake, Roy, etc. seemed like a surefire Cup run at the time. :/

  3. blomfeld - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    VENI, VIDI, VICI !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Kings !!! … Today, tomorrow and forever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  4. stevedurbano - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Nuts and bolts question- does the league provide the outdoor rink or does the hosting team have to come up with it?

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      It’s an NHL event, the league will buy the game from the home team, the NHL provides the rink, ice building crew, publicity etc.

  5. drunkenmidgets - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    It also gives the Avalanche another year to see if they can replicate their success from last year, thus being a bigger draw in 2016

  6. avfanforlife - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    We’ve waited this long, the Winter Classic would be AWESOME against the deadwings!!!

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