By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
Check the calendars, itíll be more than seven years.
Thatís how long the NHL has taken to take a great idea ó an outdoor game ó and re-implement it where it belongs.
Good on the league for having the courage to hold outdoor games in the United States on New Yearís Day ó a day normally reserved for college football south of the boarder ó and making it work.
Good on the league for being smart enough to market the Winter Classics in Buffalo, Chicago, Boston and ó this coming season ó Pittsburgh with a salute to the gameís history.
For all the criticisms the league has received, and deserved, letís give credit where itís 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.
Flames are going retro
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
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
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
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