It’s Tuesday. That means we’re one day further away from Monday, and one day closer to the Stars season opener! 65 days until the Dallas Stars open their season against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 9th at the American Airlines Center.
The Winter Classic. What an enjoyable time. This past year, we experienced a blizzard at the Big House in Detroit, Michigan and a stunning shootout victory for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Detroit Red Wings. A sold out crowd proved it to be one of, if not the most exciting events in all of sports.
Along with the Winter Classic, a variety of outdoor games labeled “The Stadium Series” and “The Heritage Classic” were played out as the season trudged on.
This year, the Winter Classic will feature the Washington Capitals dueling with the Chicago Blackhawk at an unknown field (most likely FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins). There is only one other outdoor game being talked about, and it is simply a rumor with strong evidence behind it. It looks as though the San Jose Sharks will face off against the Stanley Cup champions Los Angeles Kings on an outdoor turf in California on February 21st, during their already scheduled meeting.
So, will the Dallas Stars EVER get their chance to play under an open sky? This will be the Washington Capitals second time to play in the Winter Classic in the last four years, and that seems a little unfair. Now, the argument against the Stars used to be that, “Texas is much too hot for outdoor hockey”. That argument has been counteracted considering a few games were played last year in California in 70 degree weather in the middle of winter. The Chicago Blackhawks have also already had their fair share of time in the limelight, considering they played in a Stadium Series game no less than six months ago at Soldier Field against the Pittsburgh Penguins, another team who is constantly on the outdoor turf as each season passes.
So, why not a team on the rise like the Dallas Stars?
There have been talks, don’t worry. The NHL recently took a plea from the Minnesota Wild when they asked about getting a Stadium Series game at Target Field (the home of the Minnesota Twins) against the Chicago Blackhawks. The NHL liked the idea, just not the matchup. They counteracted with the proposal of having the Wild face off against our very own Dallas Stars. This is still at least a year or two away from becoming a reality, but it’s a start.
Also, last season Jim Lites talked extensively about attempting to get a Dallas Stars game going at AT&T Stadium, roof opened and everything between November and February. That has been brewing for a bit, and it could be rather close to happening.
So, the Stars may be able to slide into an outdoor game in the next few years. But, nothing in the near future, so it looks as though we’ll have to manage with the AAC for now.
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