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Should Blackhawks Get To Play In Another Stadium Series?

By Josh Brink
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Jan 1, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; A general view of Nationals Park after the Washington Capitals defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in the third period during the 2015 Winter Classic hockey game. Mandatory Credit: H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports

The first team that comes to mind in being left out would be the Dallas Stars. If you wanted to bring some intensity to a game in Minnesota what could be better than putting the Wild (who are the current hockey team of the state) against the Dallas Stars (who were once known as the Minnesota North Stars?) Back in 1993 the Minnesota North Stars packed up and moved to Dallas and renamed themselves the Dallas Stars after a deal had fallen through to move and turn the team into the L.A. Stars. The NHL allowed Disney to create the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim instead and the rest was history. So there were definitely and probably still some emotions that fans continue to have for their lost Minnesota North Stars team. What better than letting the Dallas Stars who have not played in an outdoor game get a shot eh?

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Another team that may have a fair share of anger or disbelief that has not played in an outdoor game is the St. Louis Blues. Their story may not go as deep as Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars but they are an up and coming team with plenty of talent and a coach who is a HOF goalie. The St. Louis Blues problem probably is attributed to their lack of consistent fan base, which in the end is what the NHL is looking for. When trying to draw in a large market for sponsorships and ticket/merchandise sales during these outdoor games the following from the fans is what attracts the NHL.

That raises the main question, should the Chicago Blackhawks continue to get these outdoor games? Since I am a Chicago Blackhawks fan you better believe I would say yes every time! As a fan it brings more opportunity to be able to take part in one of these great games but I also understand where the other teams are coming from. As I said the NHL bases these factors off of the number of fans which drives ticket/merchandise sales…..Maybe if these teams that have been left out generate some more fans they’ll get a shot?

What are your thoughts on the Blackhawks possibly getting another shot or any of the other NHL teams that keep getting left out? Feel free to leave your comments below!

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