Faceoff: Is it time to end outdoor hockey?
Sunday, January 26, 2014, 8:52 PM
Sunday, in the latest outdoor NHL regular season game, the New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils, 7-3. Played on the infield grass of new Yankee Stadium, celebrated Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was pulled from the game, presumably due to poor performance. Later, he complained about the ice conditions being so poor during the outdoor game, saying it was the "worst ice ice ever played hockey on."
In addition, the start of the game was delayed for over 70 minutes due to the amount of glare on the ice.
On Saturday night, the outdoor game reached new levels when the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks played outdoors in California, which puck-drop temps hovering around 15C. While all of Hollywood applauded the effort, the consensus afterwards was that the spectacle out-did the game, as is the case in many of these annual events.
On Jan. 1, 2014, I attended the Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich., where conditions bordered on unplayable due to blowing snow. That day I asked NHL players and legends their thoughts on the idea of a competitive NHL game being played outdoors in unpredictable conditions. In the video above, you'll hear the responses, which may surprise you.