The NHL is reportedly planning to play six outdoor stadium games next season, taking place in football and baseball stadiums across North America.
The outdoor series of games will kickoff with the Jan. 1, 2014 Winter CLassic, set to take place in Ann Arbor, Mich., followed by games in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Vancouver.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, who were scheduled to play each other this season in the Winter Classic, will play in the 2014 Winter Classic at the “Big House.”
The Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings will battle at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25, while the New York Rangers will face both the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils the same week as the Super Bowl at Yankee Stadium, reports TSN.com.
Following the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the NHL plans to schedule two more games.
One game will feature the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, and the other will be the Heritage Classic, where the Ottawa Senators will play the Vancouver Canucks at B.C. Place.
“We set the bar pretty high on all these. If you’re going into a market that’s had [a Winter Classic], the bar is high,” NHL COO John Collins told ESPN’s Craig Custance. “If you’re going into a market that hasn’t had it & they’ve seen it, they’ve heard about it and they want to experience it. The bar is possibly even higher for them.”