Jim wrote:I think that they do this wrong. First, they need to stop doing the Canada vs Canada games. Then, have a COLD city host a warm city. Stop with these, "Well it's raining during the game" cities and keep the games in cities that you know will be cold.
Why do they need to stop the games between Canadian teams? The whole outdoor game thing started in 2003 with the Heritage Classic
between Edmonton and Montreal.
The first outdoor NHL regular season game was the 2003 Heritage Classic held in Edmonton between Edmonton and Montreal. The first Winter Classic was held in 2008.
In fact, there have only been two outdoor games between Canadian teams (2003, 2011)
as opposed to five between American teams (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
so the "Canada vs Canada games" aren't even a thing to begin with. Toronto will be the first Canadian team to participate in the Winter Classic
series when they play Detroit on Jan 1, 2014.
Even in this new Stadium Series
, all four games will take place in the US and will feature only US-based teams.