The NHL is hosting another outdoor game in a baseball cathedral, and while Marlins Park doesn’t hold the distinction of a Fenway Park, it’s time for the NHL to start watching the Florida Panthers play an American Classic. winter in Little Havana.
On Monday afternoon, Fenway Park will be the first venue to host a Winter Classic for the second time when the Bruins take on the Penguins.
Boston Bruins players are excited to host another Winter Classic at Fenway Park and why not?
But it’s time for the NHL to start looking for more original venues. They have already organized matches on Lake Tahoe, why not Miami?
Look, I know it sounds crazy but it could be done.
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Playing in the winter months – maybe February, so not a “Winter Classic” – the humidity will be lower and that’s the killer for making quality ice.
But at the domed baseball stadium near downtown Miami, the roof can be closed and the air conditioning can run enough to really cool this place.
Believe me, it can get cold in this building when they don’t open the roof.
While it might not be an outdoor game in the traditional sense, it would likely be a boon for TV audiences with the palm trees and all the visuals Miami has to offer.
And, if the weather is good enough on game day, open that roof — or at least the east side windows that face downtown and Biscayne Bay.
Could they make ice cream in Miami?
“It would cost a lot of money to do it, but they still spend on those games,” Graham Caplinger, the Panthers’ 2011 ice guru, told me.
“The NHL has that like a science. They could definitely do it in Miami. You might lose the spirit of it because it’ll be inside-out, but I think that would be cool. If it’s during the winter months, I see no reason why you couldn’t do it.
Neither do I.
Tampa Bay Florida inside Marlins Park.
Drop that puck and play ball!
HOCKEY IN FLORIDA NOW
The Florida Panthers have had a very memorable 2022, although memories of the exciting brand of hockey this team played last season are fading.
Yeah, last month certainly ruined what this team did in the first few months of the year.
On Friday night, the Panthers left 2022 with a wimper as they took ownership of the Carolina Hurricanes in a 4-0 loss that wasn’t as close as the scoreline might indicate.
— Matt Kiersted haven’t played since Radko Gudas came back from his concussion, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t learn a lot of important things during his extended stay with the Panthers.
If the link to this story isn’t activated (I didn’t leave the Orange Bowl press box at Hard Rock Stadium until 2 a.m.), just go to the main page and check it out . Colby did a good job on it.
— All post-match reactions from Eric StaalGudas — and 22 seconds of Paul Maurice – are on the FHN YouTube channel.
Check it all out by clicking the videos embedded below or click HERE to see everything we’ve prepared.
NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, intend to celebrate the new year by unveiling the biggest hockey puck in the world.
It measures over 20 feet in diameter and weighs over 1,000 pounds. They’ve been working on it for weeks, folks.
— Speaking of the Flyers, they got a great win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.
– It looks like the Washington Capitals will get a defenseman Martin Fehervary back like Lucas Johansen was returned to AHL Hershey.
— Detroit Red Wings forward Philippe Zadina said he was about a week away from returning after breaking a bone in his leg blocking a shot last month.
FLORIDA PANTHERS ON THE BRIDGE
NEW YORK RANGERS AT FLORIDA PANTHERS
- When: Sunday, 5 p.m.
- Where: FLA Live Arena, sunrise
- Television/Broadcast: Bally Sports Florida, ESPN+
- Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
- Panther Radio Broadcast: SiriusXM 932
- Last season: Rangers won 2-1
- All-time regular season series: Rangers lead 57-32-8, 6 draws