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The Future Of The Winter Classic

from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Globe and Mail,

The NHL has only just begun its great outdoor experiment.

With the fifth instalment of the Winter Classic game set to be played between the Rangers and Flyers at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park on Monday, NHL chief operating officer John Collins continues to dream big about what lies beyond it.

Among his goals is seeing the game make more of an impact nationally. Even though all of the league’s outdoor games to date have been a big hit on the local level, Collins sees plenty of room for growth.


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SYF's avatar

“Absolutely, there should be more Canadian teams in these games,” said Collins. “Just like teams like Minnesota should be involved and St. Louis should be involved and Colorado should be involved — you can just keep going on and on.”

To me, he sounds like a Wings/Leafs (or Habs) matchup at the Big House will become more and more realistic.


Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 12/29/11 at 07:24 PM ET

SolidTG7's avatar

I think we need a few more Eastern conference matchups, haven’t had enough yet.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 12/29/11 at 07:35 PM ET


I think a western division team, like the Kings, Sharks or Avs against a big city east team, like the Blackhawks or Bruins would be a good idea. The Winter Classic gives the NHL a chance to pull in a national audience in the States and that’s good for hockey.

I would keep teams from Canada out of it for a few more years.  The sport needs growth in the US.  Canada has been the NHL’s greatest supporter and having one or two Canadian teams won’t do anything for the popularity of the sport in the US where it’s still the stepchild of MLB, the NBA and NFL.  I’m not dissing Canada, I just have an overwhelmimg passion for hockey and I hate the fact that most of the sports media in the States has very little respect for hockey.  I’ve heard sports radio guys make fun of the NHL when it’s brought up in conversation.

Posted by RogerNYLA on 12/29/11 at 08:13 PM ET


Rain.  Bad Ice.  No passing.  Least exciting hockey games ever.  The Wings / Khawks one was seriously the only good one.  Remember that Bruins/Flyers snoozer?  Mein Gott.  Why are these a big deal?  The Calgary one looked great and all, but they honestly might as well have played with a tennis ball.

Posted by Guerin'sBackcheck on 12/29/11 at 08:15 PM ET

The Hurricane's avatar

These are a big deal because those of us who HATE football need something enjoyable to watch on TV while everyone else watches fat guys in tight pants run into each other.
Wings/Leafs + Big House = EPIC

Would love to watch an LA/Anaheim beach battle though…..maybe play it on Teflon?

Posted by The Hurricane on 12/30/11 at 05:04 AM ET

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