The Buffalo Sabres hosted the 2008 NHL Winter Classic, and now it appears their American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans want to do the same.
According to the Buffalo News, the Americans have scheduled a press conference for Thursday morning. It is expected the club will announce that it is playing an outdoor game at Rochester’s Frontier Field in December.
Outdoor games have been well-received and are a massive draw in the NHL, and are growing in popularity in its top developmental minor league as well.
In January, the AHL held its fifth ever Outdoor Classic.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Hershey Bears 2-1 in overtime before a crowd of 17,311 – average attendance at AHL games is 5,651 fans – at Hersheypark Stadium.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.
Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.
The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.
To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).
Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:
Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):
McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: