Gary Bettman pulls plug on Winter Classic in Miami idea


NHL commissioner Gary Bettman took in tonight’s Florida Panthers-Pittsburgh Penguins game and the biggest takeaway is a bummer for big dreamers hoping to see an improbable Winter Classic in the not-so-frosty state of Florida.

Here’s Miami Herald beat writer George Richards’ take via Twitter:


The Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Harvey Filakov provides more of an explanation, even if it’s a bit confusing:


Well, OK then. Still, some of us will continue to dream of an outdoor hockey game with palm trees and journalists wondering around in bad Hawaiian T-shirts.

(It’s good to dream every now and then.)