Winter Classic great for promoting hockey south of the border

I would love to see the outdoor game become an annual event.

The host city should change each year just like the All-Star game. Northern, non-NHL cities could also be chosen as hosts.

There should be some tradition around which teams play in the game: Stanley Cup champions vs. the Hart Trophy winner’s team. Presidents Trophy winner vs. the first place team from the other conference, or some similar match-up.

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The NHL needs to stick its neck way out if they want to be seen in a crowd. NHL games with Bowl game build-up in the U.S. always wind up in the headlines and that’s what the league needs.

John A. Ramacca, Long Island N.Y.