Category Archives: NHL

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The first ever, NHL outdoor, game was played in Vegas, September 27th 1991

The first ever outdoor NHL game was played in the Caesars Palace Stadium, in front of more than thirteen thousand rabid fans on September 27th, 1991. The game featured the LA kings and NY Rangers. The Rangers quickly jumped out to a 2:0 lead only to see it evaporate by the end of the second. Taking a 3:2 lead into the third, the Kings iced the Rangers with goals from Kurri and Gretzky.

Yes the great one himself was there along with Kurri and Hrudy. The weather was a balmy 29C at puck drop and got as high as 35C during the game. Hrudy wore a helmet cam during the game, also probably the first time ever in NHL history.

One of the other major issues according to the then Vegas sports reporter Steve Carp were grasshoppers. “Grasshoppers!” remembers Carp with a laugh.”Because they built the rink in the Caesars Palace Stadium where there was grass surrounding the stadium. And these grasshoppers were attracted by the light. And when they managed to find themselves on the ice, they froze to death.”

This must have been some kind of show, and has got to be the warmest hockey game in the world, ever!

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Torts tries to get into Flames dressing room only to be rebuffed by Grats

What is this madness?! So much for players policing themselves and the code! The only two guys not ejected after all this, guess who, McGrattan and Sestito.

HNIC comments. Does Torts get suspended?

Tortorella post game comments below:

Torts: “It shouldn’t be in the game, but I have to protect my team”.

And this is what Bob Hartley had to say about the game and his decision to start the guys he started. Do you think he is being sincere about why he started the guys he started?

Hartley: “Suddenly I lift my head and there he was …”

What do you think about all this? Is this the kind of hockey you like and wish to watch, or?