Bettman: NHL Outdoor Games ‘Far from Being Overdone’
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says there's no reason for the league not to keep holding outdoor games each season.
Bettman made a promotional appearance Wednesday at the University of Minnesota football stadium. That's where the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks will play outside Feb. 21 as part of the NHL's Stadium Series games, which were started in 2014 to supplement the annual Winter Classic on New Year's Day.
Bettman says fans, communities and teams "cannot get enough" of the outdoor games and "they're far from being overdone or oversaturated." After several years of lobbying, the Wild finally landed one.
The NHL has staged 14 outdoor games in the last seven years.
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