BY: Jeff Schneberk
January 1, 2014, University of Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor
Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings
This is the only Original 6 matchup to be played outdoors. This will likely set a new record for attendance at a hockey game, as festivities are expected to bring in over 250,000 spectators. There will also be an outdoor NCAA, OHL and AHL games scheduled to take place that weekend.
January 25, 2014, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles
Anaheim Ducks at LA Kings
Hockey. Outdoors. And California. Those three words have never been spoken in the same sentence before, don’t include the ‘and’. We never thought we would ever see this, yet here it is! The interesting news is that January temps in California usually hover around 20 degrees, so it shouldn’t be too hot lol.
January 26, 2014, Yankee Stadium in New York
New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers
The first hockey game at Yankee Stadium will kick off a busy sports week in New York, the Rangers will play the Islanders only a few days later, and Super Bowl XLVIII will take place at MetLife Stadium only a few days after that.
January 29, 2014, Yankee Stadium in New York
NY Islanders at NY Rangers
The second NHL outdoor game will take place just days after the first, and will again feature the Rangers. This time they will taking on their New York counterparts as they face off against the Islanders.
March 1, Soldier Field in Chicago
Pittsburgh Penguins at Chicago Blackhawks
In an attempt to recapture interest from fans immediately after the 2014 Sochi Olympics end, the NHL is stringing together back-to-back outdoor games. The first will feature the Stanley Cup champs vs. Sid the Kid and his Penguins.
March 2, BC Place in Vancouver
Ottawa Senators at Vancouver Canucks
The all-Canadian Heritage Classic returns for the first time since 2011 with the Vancouver Canucks hosting the Ottawa Senators at BC Place. The retractable roof on the stadium will make weather concerns non-existent.