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Prez vows to push for outdoor battle

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 5:54 AM ET

Flames president Ken King still wants the city to host a Winter Classic game at McMahon Stadium and will be more active trying to make it happen in the 2010-11 NHL season.

This season's New Year's Day game is to be held in Boston's Fenway Park between the Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers.

There was talk about making it a double-header, with a second game in Calgary, likely against another Canadian team. That plan was quashed by the NHL's competition committee late last month, so King said he will campaign harder to host a game.

"We will take a more proactive role next time," he said yesterday.

"We were really not involved at all in the process. It was their genesis and it was their determination we wouldn't proceed, and we were disappointed in that.

"If we want to get involved in this, we need to be more proactive."

The Flames will play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs Jan. 2, 2010, a game the league obviously considered holding New Year's Day, although that would have required some schedule juggling since the Flames usually play host to the Edmonton Oilers on New Year's Eve.

The NHL has held outdoor games in Edmonton, Buffalo and Chicago, and will have a fourth instalment this season.

There have been reports of a second outdoor game this season at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, with Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals the opposition for the Canadiens.

Those teams are scheduled to meet in Montreal Nov. 28. Ovechkin would certainly be a draw for U.S. TV audiences if a game was held in Calgary.

"There are lots of teams we'd love to see for an outdoor game," King said. "You'd never go wrong with a Canadian team in the winter against another Canadian team. I love the American teams, but I think an outdoor game against another Canadian team would be good.


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