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An outdoor pro hockey game in Colorado? I’d go

Published: January 30, 2014, 3:38 pm, by Dalton Walker
Hockey fans stand during the national anthems before the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game between of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (The Associated Press)

Hockey fans stand during the national anthems before the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game between of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (The Associated Press)

I’m not a hockey guy, even though I grew up in Minnesota, a state known for its hockey talent.

I’ve never attended an NHL game. It’s still on my to-do list along with hiking Pikes Peak.

With that said, I’d make the drive to Denver next year if the Colorado Avalanche are selected as a home site for the NHL’s Outdoor Winter Classic.

So what is the winter classic? It’s a professional hockey game outdoors inside a football or baseball stadium. Can you imagine a pro hockey game at Coors Field?

Adrian Dater at the Denver Post discusses the issue in more detail here.

I’ve attended college hockey games. I was at the World Arena the other day cheering for Colorado College. (They lost).

I’m not sure why, but a chance to bundle up and sit amongst some die-hard fans while squinting to see what they’re doing on a small-looking ice rink is appealing to me.