Report: Colorado Avalanche, Coors Field to host outdoor game next season

Jared Clinton
The Colorado Avalanche are reportedly in line for a Stadium Series game, much like the one Los Angeles hosted in 2013-14.

According to Adrian Dater of The Denver Post, the Colorado Avalanche play host to an outdoor game as early as next season.

The game would take place at Coors Field, the home of the MLB’s Colorado Rockies, reports Dater. Though it’s not likely the game would serve as the NHL’s flagship outdoor game, the Winter Classic, it appears the game will be part of the Stadium Series, a concept brought to life in 2013-14. Read more

Blackhawks unveil sharp-looking Winter Classic jerseys

Chicago Blackhawks logo (Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

The Chicago Blackhawks have revealed the jerseys they’ll wear at the 2015 Winter Classic in Washington, D.C. – and like just about everything associated with the Hawks’ iconic logo, it looks quite good.

Hawks left winger Brandon Saad modeled the Winter Classic jersey Wednesday night. It has a lace-up collar and secondary logos placed on each sleeve that overlap the top two stripes on the sleeve, instead of the standard placement of them on the shoulders: Read more

Penguins, Oilers & NHL show support for Ottawa tragedy with singings of ‘O Canada’

Jeff Jimerson (Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images)

In the aftermath of the unspeakable attack Wednesday in Ottawa that killed a Canadian soldier and terrified the federal parliament and the country itself, the NHL responded admirably to show its support for those affected by the tragedy. An example was found in Pittsburgh, when prior to the Penguins/Flyers game, the fans in attendance and singer Jeff Jimerson sang Canada’s national anthem:


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Why 24/7 as we know it died long before HBO left

Matt Larkin
Mike Babcock (Getty Images)

If you followed and enjoyed HBO’s 24/7 hockey series, you’ve heard the news by now: the marriage is over. HBO has walked away from the NHL. We’ll still see a behind-the-scenes show covering the Winter Classic, plus an additional outdoor game. It’ll appear on a carrier called EPIX in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada.

The “EPIX fail” headlines are unavoidable already. But I question if they’re warranted. More importantly, I question why HBO left the partnership. Sure, the network insisted the split was amicable and that there was never an assumption HBO would cover the Winter Classic every year. But it’s difficult not to blame the breakup on the decline in content quality – which stemmed from a decline in access.

If you take a closer look at what played out between the Wings and Maple Leafs last season, it’s apparent 24/7 as we know it ended with the previous entry, the outstanding Flyers/Rangers season.

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HBO’s 24/7 hockey series is toast – for now – but its impact was ‘humongous big’

Adam Proteau
An HBO camera team films at the 2012 Winter Classic in Philadelphia. (Len Redkoles/NHL)

Reports indicate U.S. cable giant HBO will not produce a 24/7 reality series in advance of the NHL’s 2015 Winter Classic game as it has for the past three full seasons. It’s a shame, as everyone involved in that program helped put together one hell of a show.

The 24/7 series gave the NHL an NFL Films-type treatment, and those who appeared in front of the cameras – first, in 2011, when the Capitals and Penguins squared off in Pittsburgh; then, when the Flyers and Rangers played the following year; and finally, last season’s showdown between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs – were better for it. Okay, maybe that’s not true of Bruce Boudreau (NSFW language at this link) and Randy Carlyle:

But even with their imperfections laid bare, the coaches, players and league benefitted from the behind-the-curtain glimpse the series provided to a fan base that couldn’t get enough. Read more

Five reasons to be excited about another outdoor NHL game in California

Adam Proteau
Dodger Stadium (Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)

The NHL announced Wednesday it will stage another California outdoor game – this one Feb. 21, 2015 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara between the host Sharks and the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings. Here are five reasons to be excited about the event:

5. Outdoor games will be more of a novelty this year. Last year the NHL staged six outdoor games – in Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago, Vancouver, and two in New York City – but NHL brass has said there will be fewer outdoor games this season. So there will be a fresher feel to this one.

4. It’s California outdoor hockey – who knows what can happen? Everything went off without a hitch when the Kings hosted the first NHL California outdoor game in history last season and L.A. lost to the Anaheim Ducks 3-0. But Mother Nature can always be a challenge – and despite the savvy of NHL ice guru Dan Craig, the elements could be an issue. The league has had great luck with weather thus far in its outdoor games, but sooner or later… Read more