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NHL has ambitious plan to stage six outdoor games in 2013-14

ESPN.com reported Tuesday night the NHL is planning a series of six outdoor stadium games next season.

The six games would take place in football and baseball stadiums in the U.S. and Canada.

The series will begin with the Winter Classic, which was recently confirmed for Ann Arbor, Mich., on Jan. 1, 2014, and will also include with games in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Vancouver.

The Jan. 1 game will include the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

In addition, California will host its first outdoor regular-season game, with the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings to meet at Dodger Stadium Jan. 25.

That game will be the first of three outdoor games planned for the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII slated for New Jersey on Feb. 2.

The plan involves the New York Rangers playing two games at Yankee Stadium -- vs. the New Jersey Devils Jan. 26 and New York Islanders Jan. 29.

The remaining games would take place on March 1 at Chicago's Soldier Field, pitting the Blackhawks against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On March 2, the Canadian-based Heritage Classic will return with the Vancouver Canucks hosting the Ottawa Senators at B.C. Place.

 

Howard gets rich deal from Wings

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings and goalie Jimmy Howard agreed to a US$31.8 million, six-year contract Tuesday, keeping him off the market as a free agent this summer.

The 29-year-old Howard is in his fourth season as the Red Wings' top goalie.

"We're extremely pleased to have Jimmy under contract for the next six seasons," general manager Ken Holland said. "He's entering the prime of his career and over the last four years has gained a tremendous amount of regular season and post-season experience."

 

Sabres rookie glad he turned pro

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, Sabres rookie defenceman Chad Ruhwedel has one more reason to be thankful for making the jump to the NHL.

Had Ruhwedel not elected to end his college career at UMass Lowell to sign with Buffalo last weekend, he would have likely spent Monday with his friends watching the marathon not far from the finish line where two bombs exploded.

"It's kind of hit me," Ruhwedel said, after practice Tuesday.

"It's hard to think about sometimes: 'I could've been there.' Fortunately, I wasn't. And I'm really praying for everyone who was."

Ruhwedel said his friends were unhurt after being not far from where three people were killed and more than 170 wounded.

 

Wild ship Harding to minors

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild have sent goalie Josh Harding on a conditioning assignment to the AHL.

Harding hasn't played since Feb. 6, when he soon after developed complications from medication he was taking for multiple sclerosis. Harding was diagnosed with the disease last summer, but he reported no initial problems and posted a 24-save shutout in his 2013 debut on Jan. 20 against Dallas.


-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 17, 2013 D4

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