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NHL likely to throw four outdoor games during 2014-15 season

General view of the ice before the New York Islanders practice the day before the Stadium Series...

General view of the ice before the New York Islanders practice the day before the Stadium Series hockey game at Yankee Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

The NHL's love affair with outdoor games doesn't appear to be temporary.

After a six games scheduled for the 2013-14 season, next year will likely see four more, TSN reported Wednesday morning.

Teams interested in hosting a throwback game include Montreal, Ottawa, San Jose, Phoenix, Colorado, Boston and Minnesota.

As well, the Toronto Maple Leafs are "pushing hard" to host the Winter Classic, the most-anticipated regular season game of the year. Toronto took part in this year's Winter Classic, downing the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, in a shootout.

This year's other host cities include New York (twice), Los Angeles, Chicago and Vancouver.

Once all six outdoor games are complete -- there are three left, including Wednesday's tilt in New York between the Islanders and Rangers at Yankee Stadium -- the league and its players' association will have generated about $20 million in revenue, according to TSN.


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