Thursday, May 27, 2010

Canadian outdoor NHL game for mid-February

Bob McKenzie has tweeted that the NHL will announce two outdoor games next year, one being a Canadian version.

As good of an idea it is to include Canadian teams in the Winter Classic, I'm surprised that we can't turn this into a doubleheader somehow, with the games going on the same day. Washington and Pittsburgh will play at Heinz Field on New Year's Day, with Calgary and Montreal going in mid-February.

The pick of Montreal is a strange one. Montreal has already played in an outdoor game, and they aren't exactly huge rivals of the Flames. Unless the NHL and the host broadcaster (presumably CBC, but let's not rule CTV out) want to feature one Eastern and one Western team per year.

From what we've seen with vintage jerseys, let's pray that Montreal retires those damn barber poles before the start of this one.

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