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Avalanche to play outdoor game at Lake Tahoe

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Reports surfaced this morning from trusted NHL insider Elliotte Friedman that the league is planning two outdoor games Lake Tahoe this season, one of which would include the Avalanche pitted against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Colorado Hockey Now, through an NHL source, can confirm: the Avs will take on Vegas on February 20 in the first of the two-game NHL outdoor spectacle at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort golf course, home of the annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship Tournament. The marquee matchup between the Avalanche and Golden Knights would take place on the 20th, while the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers would play the second game the following day on the 21st.

Currently on the Avalanche schedule, the Avs were set to take on the Golden Knights at Ball Arena on February 20th for the third game of four-game set. The Avs are already scheduled to be in Vegas for a two-game road trip on the 14th and 16th, but it looks like Colorado may now be extending their Nevada stay through the 20th. This is part of a larger four-game set between Vegas and the Avalanche, which is set to wrap up on February 22nd at Ball Arena.

Much like their in-arena spectacles, the league will not permit fans to be in attendance, despite it being an outdoors, open-air event. The capacity will reportedly be limited to 400 people, which is reportedly expected to be just enough people for the team, their staff and broadcast crews. No word on whether or not media will be permitted to attend, although, I’d be surprised if media is not allowed.

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*Update: A limited number of media are expected to be allowed to cover the game.

The Avs will take on the Golden Knights a total of eight times this year as rivals in the newly-formed “West Division.” Training camp begins Sunday for the Avalanche. Puck drops on Jan. 13 against the St. Louis Blues at Ball Arena. Follow Colorado Hockey Now all season long as we deliver the very best of Colorado Avalanche coverage.

The Avs training camp roster will be out this afternoon. Check back here soon for full info.

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A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, Scott has so far spent the early parts of his young career covering Colorado hockey — from the Avalanche to the Colorado Eagles to the DU Pioneers. His work can be found across sites such as NHL.com, TheAHL.com and SB Nation, among others. Scott currently resides in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver, where he works as a Marketing Executive when he's not writing.

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chippy play

My first thought was “Cool!!”

Thinking further – I’d prefer the Avs were left out of these. There’s little upside, Avs have regularly played horrible in them, seems like a higher potential for injury. I don’t know, maybe those things aren’t true, but it just seems like a distraction for a fragile team with playoffs goals.

At least we fans can’t go!! Last year’s debacle was the worst run sporting event I’ve ever attended.

JD16

Is it just me or does this seem like a waste of money on the NHL’s part? Is this where the helmet ad money is going? Don’t get me wrong it will look incredible, but I can’t help but be a downer when the league and the owners are trying to penny pinch and all that. It would be completely different if there were fans, but there won’t be.

Brett Rainboth

TV numbers ($) lost with no winter classic would be my guess

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