If you are excited to watch NHL games under clear sky next year, including Chicago series, NY Rangers, add Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada to the list of the outdoor places hosting NHL game next year. The organisers are very happy but they don't know the firm date when outdoor NHL game will take place.
They speak about 2015 or 2016 and the opponent for the Jets has not been named yet. The owner of the Jets franchise True North Sports and Entertainment confirmed they will host an outdoor NHL game, either Heritage Classic or the Winter Classic. Outdoor winter games are attractive to ice hockey audience. There were two outdoor events hosted in Canada - one in 2008 in Edmonton and another one in 2011 in Calgary. USA version took place in 2008 and was hosted by Buffalo Sabres who crossed their ice hockey sticks with Pittsburgh Penguins. One of the winter classic games became famous also for talk by Don Cherry and concussion injury of Sidney Crosby who suffered the hit onto his head here.
"That's great. Now we can have a Heritage Classic at St. Andrews Community Club in 2016 as well for the little kids," Darrek Zembik said onTuesday.
The NHL isn't afraid of Manitoba's harsh winter weather, said Zembik."I didn't think anyone would think that we would have it here because of the cold weather. But I think that's just going to be awesome.You look at the Grey Cup that was in Saskatchewan. Look how good that did."
There is a joke between locals, who like to chat about weather like Englishmen, that the event could take place in August. When I visited Winnipeg this spring for Manitoba Royal Ballet Gala, people like me waited for the spring as winter ruled so long. They told me how the cold winter will slip immediately to humid and hot prairie weather. Hope people will be happy now. Be merry like Don Cherry:]]