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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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Chuck....think about what you say prior to opening your mouth....

You state that all the Canadian franchises should have a game...then you ramble about Winnipeg. Is that wishful thinking, or did I miss something in the sports news today?

Winnipeg will never ever ever get a team. Plain and simple.
john, 2010-08-05 14:04:24

Holding an outdoor game every year in some Canadian city seems logical when you factor in the weather (Vancouver excepted), but since when has Bettman and the NHL ever taken the logical route on anything?

The round hole known as the U.S. Market will always have Bettman and his cronies stubbornly pounding that square peg into it in the vain hope that they can entice a lucrative U.S. network TV contract. But they've been there and done that (to death) down there and hockey simply cannot compete with basketball (pro and college), football, baseball (in the spring), NASCAR, bowling, and sundry other "sports" (such as poker), so ultimately it's futile. Meanwhile, the Canadian franchises continue to prop up the insane locations such as Nashville, Atlanta, Florida and Arizona to a much higher degree than most of the remaining franchises in the U.S. (with the possible exception of the Rangers).

Canada will always be secondary to any extravaganza mounted by Bettman.
Gary O., 2010-08-05 13:45:30

I believe that Hockey Day in Canada should include an outdoor game every year. Have it rotate between the 6 Canadian franchises. Vancouver might be a toughie but I'm sure the engineers could devise a way to make it happen (or Winnipeg Stadium could be used for a Canucks hosted game Vancouver's AHL team is the Manitoba Moose so that ties in nicely) Molson Stadium in Montreal, Frank Claire in Ottawa, BMO or even Ivor Wynne (Hamilton hosting the Leafs vs Habs would be awesome) Commonwealth, McMahon & right now Empire would all be suitable for hosting such a game.
Chuck, 2010-08-05 13:25:09

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