First of all, I want to wish all of you reading this a Happy New Year. You guys contribute so much to how much fun I have doing this, so thank you.
As we’re all excited to be done with 2020 and kick off what we hope to be a much better year in 2021, the NHL decided to gift us with a bit of amazing news this morning. As confirmed by Elliotte Friedman, the NHL is sending four teams to Lake Tahoe for some outdoor games this February.
The Flyers will face the Bruins in a rematch of the 2010 Winter Classic, while Vegas will make its outdoor debut against the Avalanche in a two day event starting on February 20th. We’ll get Vegas-Colorado on the 20th, and Flyers-Bruins on the 21st. It will act as an outdoor showcase type event, and Friedman specifies this is something the NHL wants to continue in the future. The final detail is that it will take place at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort, where the celebrity golf tournament takes place.
This is such an awesome move by the NHL for two reasons. First of all, it makes up for not having a Winter Classic in 2021. Everyone loves watching it at different levels of hungover, and I personally take a quick nap in between the 2nd and 3rd periods. This will give us the outdoor hockey we want to see in an incredible setting. Second, just two outdoor games will be reset for the NHL, as most fans I’ve talked to are growing tired of how many outdoor games happen in a normal 82-game season. In my opinion, the NHL can use this as a chance to dial it back on the Stadium Series.
Another thing that can’t be overstated is how beautiful this is going to look, as long as the NHL doesn’t try to be too cute with it and ruin it. If you’re going to have outdoor hockey with no fans, it might as well be surrounded with trees and mountains. The only thing that could make it better is if the games were taking place on the actual lake, but I’m pretty sure that’s impossible. Still, it’s going to be an amazing sight and I can’t wait. I’m curious if they’ll do special jerseys for it, but I imagine that’s unlikely. Either way, what a start to 2021. Let’s have ourselves a year.