NHL outdoor games for the 2021-22 season
The NHL Outdoor Games slate for the 2021-22 season was announced Monday as part of a major information day. Games include the Minnesota Wild hosting the St. Louis Blues in the Winter Classic and the Nashville Predators taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning. This game will take place at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Minnesota’s game against St. Louis will be played at Target Field. The NHL has also announced that the Canadian Heritage Classic will also return in 2022.
The 2021-22 NHL season will be busy.
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NHL outdoor games scheduled for 2021-22 season
These games are the first outdoor games that will have fans since the Winter Classic, Stadium Series and Heritage Classics were played during the 2019-20 season. The Winter Classic was scheduled for the Twin Cities. However, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed it back to 2022. The Carolina Hurricanes were scheduled to postpone a Stadium Series game last season, but that will likely be moved to 2022-23.
Last season there were two outdoor games, but they were at Lake Tahoe with limited team personnel allowed. No team or venue has been given for the Heritage Classic at this time. The Winter Classic is scheduled for January 1 while the Stadium Series game is February 26.
It was a big day for the league as more news was announced for the upcoming season. ESPN will cover the Seattle Kraken expansion and the NHL drafts, both of which air on ESPN2. The 2022 NHL All-Star Game will be hosted by the Vegas Golden Knights. However, that could change if NHL players are allowed to go to the Olympics.
The Bell Center in Montreal will host the 2022 NHL Draft. The 2020 edition was held virtually, as was the 2021 version. The 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony will take place number 15 in Toronto after being delayed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. There is no Class of 2021, but things will be back to normal for 2022.
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