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05-01-2013, 02:33 PM
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NHL to have 6 Outdoor Games: Pens @ Chi at Soldier Field Headlining

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-pu...140222822.html

I'm surprised that there has been nothing about this yet (at least on the first page).

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The alfresco NHL is officially returning to Chicago. The League announced Wednesday that the Pittsburgh Penguins will play the Chicago Blackhawks outdoors March 1, 2014, at Soldier Field at 8 p.m.

The NHL has already announced the Toronto Maple Leafs will face the Detroit Red Wings in the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium.

The League is expected to announce four more outdoor games. Penguins-Blackhawks will be part of the “Stadium Series” along with the Anaheim Ducks vs. the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 25 at Dodger Stadium, the New York Rangers vs. the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 26 at Yankee Stadium and the Rangers vs. the New York Islanders on Jan. 29 at Yankee Stadium. The Heritage Classic will feature the Ottawa Senators vs. Vancouver Canucks on March 2 at B.C. Place.
6 outdoor games. How do you feel about that HF?

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They are interesting, and should bring good exposure for the league; but are generally not very representative of the conditions that the game is played at the NHL level.

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a bit overkill on these outdoor games no? Winter classic was always special, only outdoor game of the year, on new years day.

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Already bored of them.

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Overkill. They just ruined it. WTG on screwing up once again NHL.

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Overkill. They just ruined it. WTG on screwing up once again NHL.
Yeah ... 1,224 indoor games is too few.

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The Winter Classic is still headlining...

I'm indifferent on it. If this is a one year thing, which it seems like it will be as a bit of a make-up to NBC, a way to capitalize on the inevitable New York media frenzy that goes along with the Super Bowl (I still think two games is a bit much), and a way to retain viewers after the Olympics, then I have no problem with it. If we're playing more than 2 games a year then that's ridiculous.

I do like the idea of 2 games a year...the usual Winter Classic that'll go between the marquee American markets and a second game - maybe alternating a Canadian game and a game that takes place in the American markets that probably aren't too likely to get a 'real' Winter Classic (Columbus in the Horseshoe, San Jose at the 49ers new stadium, etc.).


The same people who complain that this 'cheapens' the event are the same ones that said having it every year was 'cheapening' it. This is an event that brings in huge (relative to normal) ratings and increases merchandise sales and interest in the local teams taking place. There was never anything non-commercial about the event in the first place, you can't sell out an event that was specifically made to be a spectacle.

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Nobody is making you guys watch, i guess detroit, pittsburgh and ny should be the only places that get to see one eh

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The Winter Classic is still the headliner.

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I'd love to see one on Lake Louise!

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Apparently it's a unique situation next year as the first full year back to NHL hockey

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Apparently it's a unique situation next year as the first full year back to NHL hockey
it's also a unique situation with a static cap.

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Six outdoor games and neither Colorado nor Minnesota are part of them? Guess I shouldn't be so surprised...

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Two games at Yankee Stadium is what got me. Sure it'll make money but there is basically no prestige or uniqueness behind any of these games now.

inb4 the NHL moves every game outdoors.

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Already bored of them.
This.. the whole thing is a joke.

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Yeah ... 1,224 indoor games is too few.
It's an indoor game. It would be like the NBA having street ball games


Lol at having one in LA.

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Yeah ... 1,224 indoor games is too few.
Nothing to do with what I said. Nice try,kiddo.

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I think it's a curiousity for this year, so long as they go back to the normal afterwards that's fine... Though I think they should do an outdoor doubleheader on New Years Day - one in US and one in Canada.

OR if they are going to do the outdoor game in Canada again... at least have the date make sense and do it on 'Hockey Day in Canada', and not the week or so before and compete against 'Hockey Day in America'

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Pittsburgh are seriously getting to play in another one? They've already played in 2.

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Pittsburgh are seriously getting to play in another one? They've already played in 2.
Pittsburgh get its third, Chicago gets its second, Rangers get their second and third. Like it's blatantly obvious who these games are supposed to cater to. Pretty ridiculous.

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Pittsburgh get its third, Chicago gets its second, Rangers get their second and third. Like it's blatantly obvious who these games are supposed to cater to. Pretty ridiculous.
You mean the markets that pull in solid TV ratings for a spectacle designed for television?

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You mean the markets that pull in solid TV ratings for a spectacle designed for television?
I mean there's other teams in the league besides those three.

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Agreed the Winter Classic is still going to be the featured game, especially with the record crowd expected at the Big House..I wonder if anyone will try to beat it some day. 110,000 is going to be amazing to see at a hockey game.

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You mean the markets that pull in solid TV ratings for a spectacle designed for television?
It gets boring seeing the same teams in it each time

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