Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. tilt on NBC Sports Network, part of the NHL’s Stadium Series, will be the first outdoor game in league history played west of Calgary. Unless, like the Daily’s resident Canada expert Ed Ngai, you know where that is, just consider the frigid locations of the league’s previous outdoor showcases: Edmonton, Buffalo, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Calgary, Philadelphia and Ann Arbor. Those cities’ average winter low in 2013 was two below zero; LA has been in the 80s for much of this month.
In order to reach out to casual fans all over the country, the NHL needs to evaluate staging the Winter Classic in a different region than between Chicago and New York. I, for one, think it would be great for the NHL if next year’s Classic came here to the Bay Area, in Candlestick Park or AT&T Park.