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NHL likely to cut down on outdoor games next season

Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Phil Kessell sits on the bench during the 2014 Winter Classic in...

Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Phil Kessell sits on the bench during the 2014 Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:54 PM ET

The great outdoors might not be so attractive to the National Hockey League this season.

From six games in 2013-14, including the record crowd of 104,491 to watch the Maple Leafs and Red Wings in Ann Arbor, there could be as few as two in the upcoming campaign.

While the league’s plans won’t be official until the new schedule is released this Sunday or Monday, Sportsnet’s John Shannon tweeted Tuesday that a game in Washington D.C., will be included, but only one other might be proposed.

Shannon, a former CBC and NHL broadcast executive, says it will be at either AT & T baseball park in San Francisco or new Levi’s Stadium, further afield in Santa Clara where the NFL’s 49ers will play.


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