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Report: Just two outdoor games next year?

Jun 16, 2014, 8:28 PM EDT

Interesting note here from Sportsnet’s John Shannon:

During the Stanley Cup playoffs, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed there would be less than the six outdoor games held this year — the Winter Classic at Ann Arbor, four Stadium Series games at Dodger Stadium, Yankee Stadium and Soldier Field and the Heritage Classic in Vancouver — but more than the one already confirmed, the 2015 Winter Classic in Washington.

“This year we used those games in a variety of ways. Part of it was promoting us going into the Olympics, part of it was promoting it coming out. And doing it in New York [around the Super Bowl] with two games…we had to do lots of stuff,” Bettman explained. “Our people did an extraordinary job, but we really taxed things to the limit. But also, interestingly enough, the Olympic break let us set up for more games.

“So, it’ll be more than one and less than six next season.”

If Shannon’s report is accurate, next season’s other outdoor game could very well be in the Bay Area. Two weeks ago, reports that San Jose was expected to host a game (possibly at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants) surfaced; what’s more, Wild beat writer Mike Russo recently wrote that Minnesota’s proposed outdoor game “might not come to fruition” this year.

  1. thomasvanek - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    I sure hope it is 2 or less. All of these outdoor games this year made me sour to them.

  2. bleedrangerblue - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    And with your user name you made everyone sour.

  3. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    I still say the one “in DC” which will not truly be in DC, should be at Camden Yards in Baltimore instead of Nationals Stadium.

    • cliffatola - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      Considering the owner of the Nats owns 10% of the Monumental Sports group it is happening in DC.

    • selldannysell - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Nationals Stadium IS in DC.

  4. montrealknowledge - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Have em all outside, play street hockey.

  5. phipfwe76 - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Good.

  6. LampyB - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    I didnt even watch the game in vancouver. Wan’t as interesting by then and I had little desire to go out of my way to make it happen.

    Go back to winter classic and just one more to extend the excitement.

  7. billiam55 - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    u knw what would be a great outdoor game series?

    Boston vs. Montreal.

    Two original six rivals.

  8. President Charles Logan - Jun 17, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Its getting to be a tired act … enough already

  9. nightfireop - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    with the decline that the caps are going through right now, i bet alot of the top nhl officials are really wishing they could yank that privilege from dc and give it to another team that would bring more viewers. i may be wrong but it really feels like no one really pays top-class attention to ovi anymore.

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      Decline? The Caps missed the playoffs for the first time last season in many many years. And they BARELY missed it (2 points). They have a new head coach, new front office, and the new GM has already come out and declared his efforts to extremely active in the offseason to improve the only weak link on the team in defense. And sometimes it only take a few fresh faces and a new coach to revitalize an organization. I think the New York Rangers can attest to that after the switch from Torts to AV, am I right?

      Are the Caps a top tier team? No. But are they on such a decline that they’ve become irrelevant? Not at all.

  10. sharksfan754 - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    I have a source high in the front office of the Sharks. They are confirmed to play the LA kings in the Bay Area next year as of two weeks ago.. For what it’s worth to pht readers. No word on venue or the date but kings not ducks and I’m betting my reputation on that

  11. blomfeld - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:09 AM

    FOR THE LOVE OF SWEET JESUS … ANYWHERE BUT LAKE LOUISE !

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    blomfeld – Dec 23, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    And you thought Ovechkin disappearing down a manhole is bad ?

    The bottom line friends is that this will never happen in a million years. Now while I’m not a geologist per se, I am familiar enough with this region to know that such an undertaking could end in utter catastrophe. The ice thickness of Lake Louise at that time of year is indeed enough to safely support “moderate” human activity on the surface (10-14 inches average with a given temperature at < 5 degrees C). However this region is prone to wildly fluctuating temperature swings by as much as 30 degrees C in the span of less than 5 minutes (ie: Chinook wind phenomena). And therefore there would exist the possibility of a crack or fissure developing in the ice, which in turn could almost "instantaneously" result in a massive collapse of the ice surface proper. The spectacle of the NHL's very "best" players (ie: Crosby, Carter, Malkin, Brown, Stamkos, Doughty) flailing about in the frigid waters of Lake Louise is simply incomprehensible ! Not to mention the fact that such a calamity would be playing out on "live" TV right across the country !

    In summary friends, while this may appear to be a novel idea on the drawing board, suffice it to say that on the drawing board it will remain. In fact, it would probably be a good idea for Bettman and crew to now find out who exactly was behind this idea and then have a "little" chat" with such individual.

  12. kingsomab - Jun 17, 2014 at 4:19 AM

    I hate the fact that Washington are hosting the Winter Classic. They’re a really terrible team at the moment and not really interesting to watch

    • Eutaw's Finest - Jun 17, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      Can’t fault the NHL. They plan 2 years in advance and it’s impossible to tell where any franchise will be 2 years down the line. And they were terrible last season, but the offseason has yet to begin and you have no idea what they will look like next season so let’s reserve judgement. They still have the most elite sniper in the NHL, and a top 3 center. Then you add the young guns in Kuznetsov who came up late last season and was phenomenal, and the potential for Burakovsky to join the team next season as well after lighting up the OHL. It’s very conceivable that the team that just barely missed the playoffs returns to form next year under new coach Trotz.

  13. cliffatola - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    I am surprised they aren’t expanding the number of outdoor games, does Bettman realize he is going to be turning down millions in special jersey sales and overpriced tickets for terrible sight lines ?

  14. avfanforlife - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Lots of rumors about the WC being held at Coors Field in a couple years. A Det / Av’s game would be awesome

    • thestateofhockey - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      LOL are you kidding? Where’s your source from? The Avs will not get a winter classic before Minnesota, it would a travesty if that happened. So keep dreaming bud

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