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Hold The NHL All-Star Game Outside In A Non-NHL City?

via Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times,

If you love hockey, you have to admit two things: The Winter Classic outdoor game is awesome, and the All-Star Game stinks. So why not combine the two? The problem with the All-Star Game is it doesn’t feel like a real game because there’s little defense and even less (as in zero) hitting. Putting the game outdoors wouldn’t change the on-ice product, but it might spruce up the overall event and give it a more festive feel, which is sort of the point of an All-Star Game anyway. The downside is that many NHL cities wouldn’t be able to host a game, but then again, why limit the game to NHL cities? Why not put the game in places such as Quebec City; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Madison, Wis.; Montpelier, Vermont, and Fargo, N.D. Those folks follow the NHL, too. Why not make them feel a part of the league?

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Primis's avatar

My guess why would be because most all of those places have facilities to do so outdoors.  Which some quick research on that would tell you that.

Posted by Primis on 12/10/11 at 11:37 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Because the All-Star game is a huge business shindig for the NHL and its sponsors, and they prefer to meet and promote themselves in big cities.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 12/10/11 at 11:48 PM ET

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