I love the concept of the Winter classic. How is that for a qualifier.
I watched part of todays game but after a few minutes it was just like watching any other game. Unless they pulled back you couldn’t tell they were outside. It didn’t feel like winter.
Bob Costas did his overly dramatic deal about players first picking up the game on outside rinks and ponds. Showing production piece of folks on legit ponds with deep snow all around. Then cut to the actual stadium were it’s in the ’40s and no snow to be found. They even cover the ground with white tarps or whatever to make it look more wintery. It was the same thing last year.
They need to move the game so it is actually a winter classic. The first year in Buffalo was great. Lately it’s been kinda lame. They need to get out of the east coast cities, that frankly overplay their winters and move to places with real winter. Mainly Minnesota.
Play a game at Target Field. Let the Wild host. Show what winter is really all about. The Wild have actual had an OK season (minus the last 10 games or so) They could be a real contender.
They could play Detroit, make it an all midwest affair.
Also move it back a little. Have in mid-winter where you are guaranteed to have cold weather. Maybe make it a Valentines day thing. It needs close to zero temps and snow flurries. Give it a real pond feel and have the players take the snow off between periods with shovels.
When I was in college at UMD we used to get up at about 6am to go out and play on outdoor rinks. It would be well bellow zero and it took a half an hour to get the ice cleared. That was true outdoor hockey. Most fun I ever had playing. There’s an idea, host it in Duluth. They could play on Lake Superior.
If not Minny at least a place like Detroit or Denver. Their just aren’t many teams left in real cold weather US cities.