The NHL had something really special going when it started up the Winter Classic a few years ago and decided that one game a year will be played outside. But this is America, and if something starts selling, we copy it until the marketplace becomes so saturated that we no longer value the product.
That product for the NHL was outdoor hockey and the league has stated it will be reducing the amount of outdoor games moving forward. The reason we were given for there being so many outdoor games this year was that the lockout shortened 2013 season robbed fans of the Winter Classic, but the amount of outdoor games scheduled in 2014 smacked of something other than just paying the fans back.
Adding six outdoor games was excessive, and the NHL is back peddling to say this was a nothing other than a special exception. The NHL has stated that it will hold “definitely less than six” Stadium Classic games during the 2014-15 season.
Collina said NHL will have “definitely less than six” outdoor games next season. This was special case.
— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) January 25, 2014
It’s not that outdoor hockey is a bad thing, as it’s actually the most brilliant idea the league has had in a very long time, there just needs to be a regulated amount of outdoor hockey so the games remain special. News that number of outdoor games next season will be reduced is music to the ears of hockey fans everywhere.