Aug 8, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello speaks at a press conference at Yankee Stadium. Two outdoor regular-season NHL games will be played at Yankee Stadium during the 2013-14 season as part of the 2014 Stadium Series. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
The NHL is missing out on a huge opportunity today by not kicking off one of their Stadium Series games this afternoon. Yes, I am one of the many that thinks the NHL is going to kill something that is really cool and special by having multiple outdoor games this season.
Since the NHL is not going to keep the Outdoor Classic limited to one game, why not capitalize the Stadium Series when fans are really going to watch the game? The reason you will hear for the reason there isn’t any reason to go up against the juggernaut that is the NFL! There is one big flaw with that plan and that is the Detroit Lions. The early game is always the Detroit Lions and lets face it, it’s been a long time since their games have been competitive in the 2nd half of Thanksgiving Day games. Most Thanksgiving day Lions games have really been everyone waiting for the Dallas Cowboys game to begin.
If we are going to have a Series of Outdoor games why not kick off the series on Thanksgiving Day! Start a new tradition and give people a fantastic reason to turn the channel on the fourth Thursday in November! Outdoor hockey on Thanksgiving Day afternoon would be a great alternative to Lions football and rerun TV! New Traditions are fantastic and watching outdoor hockey while eating Thanksgiving turkey sounds like a great new tradition to begin.
The Stadium Series will be played from January to March which is fine and in the middle of winter, but starting in November would make a great start date year in and year out. It feels like the NHL is missing out on a huge chance to add new fans to the best sport in the world!
What do you think? Should there be outdoor hockey on Turkey day?
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