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Why Do We Need Outdoor Games?

The NHL has been very loudly arguing that they don't want any more outdoor hockey games.  They are unnecessary.  People get hurt needlessly.  For example Sidney Crosby missed almost a year due to complications from a concussion he suffered due to the bad outdoor ice when it started to rain during an outdoor game.  That significantly disrupted the playoff run and cost the Pittsburgh Penguins a lot of money.  Who was to pay them for their losses?

That paragraph isn't reality.  In fact the NHL has increased the number of outdoor games.  This increase has gone beyond sustainable levels (there will not be as many outdoor games next year for example).  This is done because it makes them money.  The outdoor games themselves were an interesting idea at first, but it is clear that the quality of hockey on the makeshift ice surface is poor and it leads to increased injury risk.

Meanwhile, the best hockey in the world is played every four years in the Olympics.  It is true that players get injured there as well (John Tavares for example) and it hurts individual team's bottom lines.  The NHL's reaction here is to argue against participating in the Olympics anymore.  The problem here is that the NHL doesn't make the more (at least not directly) from the Olympics.  It is all about money.

The NHL is for their games that make them money and against those that make others money.  It doesn't matter that the games they are against are the best games of hockey we ever see and the games they are for are poor games on poor ice.  Their motives cannot be any more transparent.

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DrewBehr's avatar

For example Sidney Crosby missed almost a year due to complications from a concussion he suffered due to the bad outdoor ice when it started to rain during an outdoor game

No… He suffered the concussion due to a hit to the head, as well as playing the following game against the Lightning and taking a hard hit. Nothing to do with ice.

Why did they plan so many this year? Perhaps to make up lost revenue from the lockout. And of course, nostalgia.

Is a game in LA a gimmick? Yes. But before you trash outdoor games with poor logic, try going to one. This year’s Winter Classic? An incredible game, and an even more incredible experience. Anyone who is a fan of the sport really couldn’t say otherwise.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 03/01/14 at 10:56 PM ET

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