The NHL announced Sunday that they have rescheduled the lockout canceled Winter Classic in Ann Arbor between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs for New Years Day 2014.
The Kings and Ducks will reportedly play at Chavez Ravine on January 25th, while the Yankee Stadium game will be scheduled for January 26th. No teams have been connected to that game.
...the NHL has been drooling over a Yankee Stadium Winter Classic since its inception and it looks like they don't have the patience to wait for the stadium's contract with the "Pinstripe Bowl" to run out before scheduling an outdoor game there. Got to assume the Rangers will be one of the teams involved, but no idea who the second would be. If the Islanders can qualify for the playoffs this season that could be a huge feather in their cap.
...and apparently no one has filled Bettman in on the cluster eff that was the Rangers/Kings preseason outdoor game in Las Vegas. Not sure how in the world the NHL plans on keeping the ice intact in LA.
Las Vegas game video...
i see NYR and Chi ( Chi is due a road game) but if just a normal game NY vs NJ or NYI is the way to go
Just an idea, but it could be a cool idea to do like an out of town scoreboard on nights like this with the season coming to a close. Maybe highlight games like the Isles, Jets, and caps. Idk just throwing it out there, you guys do a great job though... Keep up the good work
Being a NYC transplant that's been living in LA for the last 5 years I have to say, I believe the game in LA is totally doable. Temperatures around that time of year get into the low 60s/high 50s during the day, low 50s and even 40s at night. I imagine, if they had multiple games, they would would have to spread out the start times and the game in the South would get an early AM or late day puck drop. But, it all doesn't matter, because I'll be at Yankee Stadium to watch our boys in blue! Too special to miss.
Playing an outdoor hockey game in LA is about as brilliant as playing an outdoor basketball game in Minnesota in January.
I was at the Vegas game. I was passing through and saw the game advertised and had to go. It was a blast! Agree it was not the best ice but it was pretty amazing to see outdoor hockey Vegas.
I wish a team/city would build a stadium for hockey with a retractable roof. How great would it be to go to 15 or so home games a year outside day or night?
What if every year they picked a different cold weather venue along with 8 different teams from the league and scheduled a play in series single elimination event within the regular season schedule to decide the 2 teams to play in the classic. It would take the team politics out of it and it gives every team a shot. I think it would be fun.
How good would Rangers vs. Chicago look? Or even Boston. But the Rangers vs Chicago would just look so good to the eye. But I'm sure it will be the Devils or some kind of rivalry matchup. It would be cool to get 3 in the same week with only original six teams partisipating. Imagine the merch!!!
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG Would be tough to sell tickets to a multi-night event like that. The NHL has relied heavily on the two teams to be in close proximity to each other to guarantee they can fill a 35-45k seat stadium with fans from both teams. It would be tough to fill Yankee Stadium for a Panthers/Blue Jackets game or something like that. At some point the nostalgia wears off.
However if the ice conditions were good, you could try to use a venue like Yankee Stadium to just host 4 games in a weekend, a day and night game on a Saturday and Sunday, and have all the teams in close proximity (NYR, NJD, NYI, PIT, PHI, WAS, BOS, BUF) match-up without the tournament style.
Original Six, like you mentioned below, could be cool, too.
@johnnyb3910 you could have the play in games in November that way you have atleast 2 1/2 months to sell tickets/team merch. I know this will never happen, but I think it could add another level of interest to this already exciting event.