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More proof that the NHL is really smart

December 17, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

The first NHL Winter Classic was held in Buffalo, N.Y.

The NHL is one of the only sports leagues that actually listens to its fans.  While the NFL is trying to pimp games to England and Canada and Bud Selig is busy thinking that instant replay is the work of the devil, the NHL is making plans to add another Winter Classic game to be played in Canada every year according to ESPN.com.

This makes total sense as Canada is the birthplace of the sport and it is played outdoors by thousands of people on a daily basis. If the NHL decided to have an NBC doubleheader on New Year’s Day would be freaking amazing. Game one would be held in the United States and game two would follow in Canada. This would pull in the most casual hockey fan to a full day of hockey viewing. Kudos to you NHL and commish extraordinaire Gary Bettman.

Here’s the story from ESPN.com:

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The NHL wants to hold a second outdoor game, this one in Canada, commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed Wednesday.

“Yes, it’s something we’re going to look at for next season,” Bettman said as the NHL’s Board of Governors meeting wrapped up. “We’ll see if we can make it happen.”

This season’s Winter Classic is Jan. 1 at Fenway Park in Boston between the Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers. What’s not clear at this point is what day the second outdoor game would be held next season.

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