With all the talk of the lockout and players waiting to sign I decided to take a look at something positive the NHL has done. On January 1 2008 the Sabres were the first team to hold the Winter Classic. An outdoor hockey game that would be played on New Year’s Day and also televised worldwide. The thought of players going back to when they were younger and playing outside on the pond or wherever I’m sure brought back old memories for many.
When the Sabres announced that they were the ones to host this great event I couldn’t have been happier. They drew the Penguins in the contest and with Crosby being who he is that only made that game that much more attractive to everyone who is a hockey fan. From the start with the reporting of the ice getting put in the stadium, opening ceremonies, the throw back jerseys, player interviews and even the weather no complaints were had and we had ourselves a great game. Although the Sabres didn’t come out on top I think all around the experience in itself was amazing.
The question I now have is when will the Sabres be in a Winter Classic again? There have been teams in it twice already and I think the Sabres should be dew within the 2-3 year range. Whether we host it again or travel to a new venue I think the Sabres would be great to have in this again.
Does anybody have a problem with the Sabres getting another classic game this quick? Do you want to see all teams have a chance or keep it confined to the cold weather climate teams? Can you imagine what Mr. Pegula would have up his sleeve if there was another game in Buffalo? Ever since that first game the NHL is always trying to top what they did the following year. That might be the case but everyone especially in Buffalo will always remember that this was the city to host the first Classic.