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Old January 4th, 2010, 07:10 AM   #41
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As far as the next game here is a very convincing article about the Capitals participation in the 4th Winter Classic:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...123102716.html

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Old January 4th, 2010, 07:15 AM   #42
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Old January 4th, 2010, 07:16 AM   #43
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New York or Washington could host one, then Calgary could host another. Both could be done on the same day.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 08:58 AM   #44
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If they could pull that off from a temperature standpoint it would be great although too late at night on the east coast and the ratings wouldn't be what the network would like.
I didnt think about the ratings situation. that does make a huge difference. maybe they can have huge coolers to keep the rink as cold as needed.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 09:05 AM   #45
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Having the "WINTER CLASSIC" in Los Angeles would be pretty dumb.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 09:11 AM   #46
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Having the "WINTER CLASSIC" in Los Angeles would be pretty dumb.
Agreed. I'm from LA and live in LA, but don't want to see the Winter Classic here. Personally, I want Minnesota to get the next one.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 10:32 AM   #47
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Agreed. I'm from LA and live in LA, but don't want to see the Winter Classic here. Personally, I want Minnesota to get the next one.
Minnesota is a good destination for it.

How about Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars (formerly known as the Minnesota North Stars)

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Old January 4th, 2010, 02:42 PM   #48
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Do it in Miami and people can sit in their shorts.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 07:22 PM   #49
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Washington vs Pittsburgh @Heinz Field - NHL Rivalry + 3 biggest stars of the league right now
Washington vs Ottawa @Nationals Park - Capital vs Capital
Minnesota vs... Whoever @Target field - Minnesota is really cold in the winter
Montreal vs Toronto @ Either Skydome or Stade Olympique - duh....
Rangers vs Toronto @Yankee Stadium - Biggest markets in the NHL facing off in the country's most expensive new stadium
Dallas vs Washington @Cowboys Stadium - like Cowboys and Redskins, only in Hockey
Colorado vs Calgary @Mile High or Coors Field - US Rockies vs Canadian Rockies. You could also use this for DU vs CC game like they did in Boston with BC and BU
Phoenix vs San Jose @U of Phoenix Stadium - Desert Showdown
Vancouver vs Calgary or Edmonton @BC Place - West Canada Showdown, and that way I could actually have a chance of going to see it!
You are not going to see Dallas and Phoenix host games. The point of the winter classic is to play in an outdoor stadium in cold weather to make the game reminiscent of playing on a frozen pond. Playing in a dome in Arlington or Tempe would completely kill the appeal of the game.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 09:07 PM   #50
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Minnesota is a good destination for it.

How about Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars (formerly known as the Minnesota North Stars)

at TCF Bank Stadium
I think Target Field is more likely and I doubt it would be Dallas. While I like the connection, the Winter Classic has become a major TV event for the NHL and they will likely look to pair Minnesota with a team that has a major star or is a major team nationally. Dallas fits neither. Chicago wouldn't surprise me and even though they've been in one, having them in another on the road might be possible.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 09:19 PM   #51
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According the Globe & Mail in Canada print edition today, the NHL will in all likelihood have two outdoor games next year with one in Canada and one in the states. The NHL wants Yankee Stadium badly and is trying to find a way to make it work despite the Bowl game. The 2nd choice is apparently Heinz Field in Pittsburgh for a game between the Penguins and Capitals. The Canadian game would be held in Calgary likely against the Oilers.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 09:47 PM   #52
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It would be nice if each northern team got an outdoor home game.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 10:03 PM   #53
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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sport...rticle1417805/

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Meantime, if the NHL goes ahead with a game in Canada, it will likely land in Calgary, with the Flames as host team. The Flames were in negotiations for an outdoor game last summer, but a handful of logistical issues with McMahon Stadium forced its postponement.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 10:31 PM   #54
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Actually, the NHL’s first ever outdoor game was on Sept. 27, 1991, in the parking lot of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada (in mid-80 degree temperatures):



http://kings.nhl.com/club/mediagalle...galleryId=6175
That was an exhibition game.
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Old January 4th, 2010, 10:42 PM   #55
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That was an exhibition game.
True, but the Vegas game is still the first NHL outdoor game.

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Old January 4th, 2010, 11:11 PM   #56
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I don't care much for the idea of multiple classic games per year. Just bite the bullet and give a Canadian city or two a hosting slot over the next five years, perhaps even next year.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 01:16 AM   #57
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how the hell dis people see the puck? I struggle to see it on television, but when you are separated from the rink at odd angles it must've been a strain.
I was at the first one, and sat pretty far up. I could see the puck fine.



























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You are not going to see Dallas and Phoenix host games. The point of the winter classic is to play in an outdoor stadium in cold weather to make the game reminiscent of playing on a frozen pond. Playing in a dome in Arlington or Tempe would completely kill the appeal of the game.
The "Old Pond Hockey Game" feel is definitely what the NHL is using to market the games. But really, as long as there's butts in the seats and eyes on the TV, the game could be in Rio for all they care.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 07:18 AM   #59
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How bout Rangers vs Devils on the Intrepid ?
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Old January 5th, 2010, 07:52 PM   #60
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The "Old Pond Hockey Game" feel is definitely what the NHL is using to market the games. But really, as long as there's butts in the seats and eyes on the TV, the game could be in Rio for all they care.
People must be joking if they honestly see a Phoenix Coyotes vs. San Jose Sharks game in Tempe, inside a retractable roof stadium, garnering as high of ratings as a Wild vs. Red Wings game played in a true outdoor stadium.
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