Sunday, March 2, 2014

Outdoor overkill in the NHL

From where I sit it looks like the NHL outdoor games are thankfully almost over...

I think the outdoor games are a great idea. It's a fantastic way to promote the game and generate interest from peripheral fans. It's fun to watch, particularly with snow like we saw in Chicago. But, enough already. Six games is way too many. There should be a maximum of three. East, west and Canada. The game at Dodger Stadium was amazing and should be repeated in other warmer climates. The league would also want one in the eastern time zone, with more 'hockey appropriate' weather. Canada would probably be happy with a game every couple of season. This year, however, was over kill. I forgot there was a game in Chicago. As for Vancouver's, it barely qualifies as an outdoor game, since it's being held more or less inside. Add to that the game isn't a sell-out and doesn't feature anything near a rivalry for the Canucks.  These games should be held mid-season as a way to add some excitement to an otherwise mundane time of the hockey year. There's plenty happening in March, such as the trade deadline and playoff positions up for grabs. I don't see a reason to create artificial entertainment, when there's plenty already happening. So far there's one scheduled for next season, can we please keep it that way?

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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