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SENS OWNER EUGENE MELNYK SUGGESTS USING CANADIAN LANDMARKS AS VENUES FOR OUTDOOR GAMES

Feb 21, 2021 à 17h53      MIKE ARMENTI
Given how absolutely astonishing the NHL's setup looked paired with the beautiful scenery at Lake Tahoe in Nevada, the league definitely had the right idea when they decided to host a pair of outdoor games at the unique location.

Even though the execution was a little off, and the ice was in rough condition due to the sun, the NHL still found a way to make it work, by pausing play in the afternoon during the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche game, and finishing up at 9pm MT, when the ice conditions were much better.

With the second game at the majestic location now set to take place at 7:30 ET, moving away from the original afternoon start, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk took it upon himself to suggest that if the NHL would like to repeat such an event, the league should do so at one of Canada's many beautiful natural settings.

Melnyk took to Twitter on Sunday to propose the idea of having the NHL take up mantle for a game or a series at one of several locations that could match the beauty of Lake Louise, while also providing a more suitable climate to ensure adequate ice conditions.

"Spectacular natural settings showcase hockey in ways other venues can't," tweeted Melnyk. "Luckily for us, the home of our great sport has more than its fair share of beautiful scenery. Did someone say Lake Louise? Parliament Hill and Gatineau?"

As mentioned on Saturday's edition of Hockey Night in Canada, apparently Lake Louise, which resides in Alberta, was the original target for the games that wound up at breathtaking Lake Tahoe. One issue that the league could not seem to get around was advertising at a National Park, as there are rules in place that prohibit this.

Back in 2017, the league did indeed hold a game at Parliament Hill, though no advertisement was permitted, and so the ice surface, as well as the boards were decorated with Ottawa Senators logos and Canada 150 decals.

If the league could replicate the same sort of setup, free of advertising, it would be amazing to see the NHL bring outdoor hockey back to the great white north in a beautiful natural setting such as Lake Louise. Unfortunately, due to the financial impacts of COVID-19, it is unlikely that the league would push for such an event to take place if it means less revenue.

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