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Thoughts on The Winter Classic and Olympics

This past week, I did another e-mail interview with Millian, host of “The Blue Line: Hockey Talk Radio”.

We discussed the Winter Classic, World Juniors and the 2010 Winter Olympics:

PH: What did you think of the Winter Classic? Did you think that it was a success, disappointment, exciting, boring, etc. Why?
M: I definitely thought it was a success, despite the ratings being down. I saw a lot of non-hockey fans paying attention, and a lot of people who watched the game online, or in Canada who did not factor into the ratings. I thought the game itself was pretty exciting, in that we saw the first fight in the WC as well as the first overtime win, and win by the home team. So, it set a lot of firsts. Overall, big success for the league, just for the intangibles.

PH: Where do you think the league should hold the Winter Classic next season? Why?
M: I would like to see a stadium somewhere that can hold 100,000 people, and somewhere they can setup field level seating. I think the next milestone the league should shoot for, is to break the record for the largest outdoor hockey crowd. The last 2 have been in the 30-40K occupant range, so I think its time they swing for the fence, and set a record. From what I understand there are arenas in Minnesota, NY, and Pennsylvania that can pull that off. I am also not opposed to holding the game in Canada for one year, but they’re are going to do a second one to address that.

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