NEW YORK, N.Y. – The NHL will hold six outdoor games during the 2013-14 regular season, including the Winter Classic and Heritage Classic. It’s the first time more than two outdoor games are scheduled for the same year.
Here’s a look at the games:
Winter Classic: Jan. 1, Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor
This is the first Winter Classic involving a Canadian team as the Toronto Maple Leafs face the Detroit Red Wings. The game is expected to set a new NHL attendance record and could set a new record for fans seeing a hockey game at any level.
Ducks vs. Kings: Jan. 25, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles
The first game of the new “Stadium Series” is the first outdoor NHL event in California. The average high temperature in Los Angeles in January is 20 degrees, but with a 6:30 local time start and new ice technology, the league is hoping weather isn’t an issue.
Rangers vs. Devils: Jan. 26, Yankee Stadium in New York
It’s the first hockey game played at either old or new Yankee Stadium. It’s also conveniently timed on the off Sunday between the NFL’s conference championship weekends and the Super Bowl, which will be just outside New York at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Rangers vs. Islanders: Jan. 29, Yankee Stadium in New York
Right in the middle of Super Bowl week in New York City and northern New Jersey, the NHL could capitalize on that spotlight. COO John Collins said NBC wanted to do a Yankee Stadium game for a while, and having two of them solved the quandary of what to do with three area teams.
Penguins vs. Blackhawks: March 1, Soldier Field in Chicago
The timing of Chicago’s second outdoor game hinges on the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which wrap up in late February. Whereas the Blackhawks versus Red Wings game at Wrigley Field in 2009 was centre stage in its own right, this is a chance for the NHL to carry Olympic attention over to the regular season.
Heritage Classic: March 2, BC Place in Vancouver
The Canadian-based Heritage Classic returns with the Vancouver Canucks hosting the Ottawa Senators. BC Place has a retractable roof, so weather concerns could make it a well-attended indoor hockey game. This is the third Heritage game, the last happening in Calgary in 2011.