Are outdoor hockey games overrated?
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Are outdoor hockey games overrated?

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The NHL 100 Classic and NHL Winter Classic are the latest installments of the league’s effort to incorporate outdoor games into its season. These outdoor games are great because they take people back to the days when they played hockey on frozen lakes with their friends and provides a different atmosphere. Still, the great thing about outdoor games was the novelty, and too much of a good thing has made the outdoor games unwatchable. What do you think? 🏒

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#ILoveNHLOutdoor
64.1%
#OutdoorNHLStinks
35.9%

Hockey is already a great sport, but add weather to it and you get one of the most fun experiences in athletics. People who love hockey know what it's like to lace up your skates with a group of friends, go to a frozen lake and play hockey until the sun goes down. NHL players get to relive that feeling with tens of thousands people watching, and that joy translates onto the ice.

Outdoor games are a big revenue driver for the NHL with fans showing up in droves to experience one of the most unique atmospheres in professional sports. Outdoor NHL games are incredible and every team should have one.

Hey, here's an idea. Go huddle in freezing weather, watching equally cold guys trying to skate full speed. Sound like fun? That's what NHL outdoor games are like. In the beginning, these outdoor games were fun because they were new and exciting. Now the novelty is wearing off, and fans are getting uncomfortable players on the ice skating in snowy conditions, affecting the quality of play.

Outdoor NHL games can be great if there was maybe only one per year, to give fans something to look forward to. Multiple games of sloppy hockey are not good for the NHL.

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