Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Possible Return of Outdoor Hockey Classic

One of the nostalgic successful stunts that the NHL does manage is the outdoor game. The NHL paraded the hockey heroes of yesteryear and presented a rare sight in Montreal. An outdoor game actually helped. As my memory persists, the game of the Canadians and Oilers got fans to focus on what the game's true heritage was all about.

It was suggested that the league try it again.
No announcement on a possible "Ice Bowl" will be made when the league releases its 2007-08 regular-season schedule at 2:30 p.m. today. However, the Buffalo News reported in today's edition that the Sabres would likely play host to the outdoor game, likely on New Year's Day, against the Penguins -- provided logistical issues can be addressed.

According to that report, a game would be played at Ralph Wilson Stadium, which seats 73,967 for football.
I like this idea. I like it a lot. They should get a lot of publicity from this and it would also get the leagues best player involved.

I would wonder if they would also get old Sabres and Penguin players to play in a charity game as the other one did.

[Via: Pittsburgh Tribune Review]
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