Jan 2, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Members of the New York Rangers celebrate after the 2012 Winter Classic against the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park. The Rangers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Winter Classic Not the Only Outdoor Game for the NHL Next Season? Heritage Classic?

Since the end of the lockout in January, it seem likes few people even remember that the Winter Classic was cancelled this season.  The event which would have taken place just two months ago has become a blockbuster event for the NHL and left many teams wanting to be included in the festivities.

Last month we wrote about St. Louis being a possible location for the Winter Classic in the future and touched on some of the reasons why we would love to see that happen.

Although the Winter Classic might not make it to St. Louis in the near future, the gateway city may have a chance at another type of outdoor game.

According to The 4th Period, the NHL is considering multiple outdoor games for the 2013-14 season.

According to multiple well-placed sources, the NHL is planning on having not one, but several additional outdoor games in 2014, a series of outdoor games, if you will, which will begin with the Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

Supposedly there are going to be an additional game, or possible two, known as the Heritage Classic (they should check with Harley Davidson just to make sure they can use the name first) which would be set to take place in either Vancouver or Edmonton.  Additionally, the NHL would host one or more outdoor games in MLB stadiums.  The 4th Period listed New York and Los Angeles the locations they saw this happening at Yankee Stadium and Dodger Stadium respectively.

It’s unclear when the NHL will finalize its plans, though it sounds like both New York and Los Angeles are near-locks…  Whether they turn this into an annual series is an entirely different question they need to figure out, but all signs point to two additional outdoor games next season.

Although at first the article said that they were planning two additional outdoor games, The 4th Period later updated the article and claimed that four additional games are possible.

…that would mean there is a possibility of four outdoor games for the 2013-14 season: the Winter Classic, the Heritage Classic, an outdoor game at Yankee Stadium and an outdoor game at Dodger Stadium.

The planning of additional outdoor games is sure to excite fans.  If the events become annual celebrations like the Winter Classic has become, you had better believe that fans and ownership in multiple cities will be vying to host one of the events.  This could mean that the St. Louis Blues would have a better chance of hosting an outdoor game.

More as we have it.  LET’S GO BLUES!

-Alex Hodschayan


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