Friday, June 1, 2007
Sources: NHL to schedule outdoor game for 2007-08
By E.J. Hradek
ESPN The Magazine
According to league sources, the NHL is planning another outdoor game for the 2007-08 regular season. The date, site and clubs involved were not disclosed.
The sources did indicate the game will likely include at least one American-based team and it will be televised in the U.S. by NBC as part of its regular-season schedule.
The clubs and venue will be determined by stadium availability and logistics, as well as market size (for television purposes).
NHL spokesman Frank Brown had no comment.
In 2003, the league took the game outdoors for the highly successful "Heritage Classic" in Edmonton. A crowd of nearly 60,000 braved sub-zero temperatures at Commonwealth Stadium to see the Oilers skate against the Canadiens.
That game was preceded by a legends tilt, featuring stars such as Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Guy Lafleur. Messier, who at the time was an active member of the New York Rangers, received permission to participate in the special event.