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Should Canada host an outdoor NHL game every year?
Thu, August 5, 2010

By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

Check the calendars, it’ll be more than seven years.

That’s how long the NHL has taken to take a great idea — an outdoor game — and re-implement it where it belongs.

In Canada.

Good on the league for having the courage to hold outdoor games in the United States on New Year’s Day — a day normally reserved for college football south of the boarder — and making it work.

Good on the league for being smart enough to market the Winter Classics in Buffalo, Chicago, Boston and — this coming season — Pittsburgh with a salute to the game’s history.

For all the criticisms the league has received, and deserved, let’s give credit where it’s due.

But it shouldn't have taken this long before holding another game in Canada.

Should a Canadian outdoor NHL game be scheduled every year along with an American game? Have your say in our forum.

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That's not just the best asnewr. It's the bestest answer!
Lynda, 2012-01-24 12:39:25

Since Bettman is the cotrol freak and disses any idea about teams coming to Canada he can have the next few games outdoors for his southern teams. Maybe Phoenix is next.
Francis Chang, 2010-09-17 08:58:00

Maybe Canada's national basketball team should play an outdoor game on New Year's Day too!
Hockey Guy, 2010-09-03 18:25:15

I think when you have them too often, it ruins the novelty. Anyways, I've watched all the outdoor games of recent times on TV and must say that they are nowhere near as exciting as a regular NHL game played indoors.

Sure, the atmosphere of the crowd is amazing, but the games themselves have been pretty boring with little hitting and intensity.

But the NHL will continue to milk this idea as long as there's money to be made.
gordholio, 2010-08-22 03:56:01

I saw hockey outside once. It was not inside. Cars go zoooom in the parking lot after the game. Go hockey!!
Gary O., 2010-08-11 21:44:05

The outdoor games are good tv, for the sport, the players like it... so why not?

The novelty will not wear off as long as it is a couple of games each season, so there's no reason why the Canadian teams should have 1 per year.
Andy V, 2010-08-10 17:46:54

That just illustrates to everyone in here, lol, what a petulant little juvenile dork you really are when you post comments using someone else's name. But go ahead - small things amuse small minds.
Gary O., 2010-08-09 14:37:00

outdoors is not inside..I like when they score goals and skate fast...hockey is fun
Gary O., 2010-08-09 08:42:40

Bettman jumped on an idea started in Edmonton Canada and ran away with it to the US and only after a lot of pressure did he relent to have another game in Canada.

Betman says the right things but does not give a dam about the Canadian NHL cities. In Betman's book Canadian NHL cities are only good to provide bucks to the poor NHL sisters of the USA.

Oh Geee let me see . . . Should we have outdoor games in Canada? Dam right! Canada should host games on a regular basis, rotating them through all the Canadian NHL sites.

Lets not invite any US teams because they might not draw as well as the Canadian teams. Okay !

More outdoor games in Canada is a no brainer and that is why the NHL has waited so long, because it makes sense. Betman needs to be replaced after his current contract is done.


Shinny Viinny, 2010-08-06 18:08:05

John:

Did you even read what I wrote? I said that Vancouver could hold the game that they host in the Peg. Vancouver is too warm to host an outdoor game and having it in BC Place defeats the purpose. Vancouver could host a game in the home of it's AHL affiliate the Manitoba Moose. I have no doubt that they could sell out Winnipeg Stadium. It would be a cash cow for the Nucks.

That having been said I think Winnipeg has an outside chance of getting a team back. Eventually Bettman will retire and sanity will return to the system wherein teams losing wads of cash won't be propped up anymore. A team in Winnipeg could at least break even. One in Hamilton (according to Lloyds of London during the whole Balsille debacle) Would be the 6th most valuable in the league. There is money to be made. QC with a billionaire owner and a new barn will also be viable.
Chuck, 2010-08-06 17:19:10

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