The Nashville Predators and Los Angeles Kings were added as opponents for two of the three NHL outdoor games next season on Friday.
The Predators will face the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas on Jan 1. It will be the first regular-season outdoor game for each team.
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The Kings will play the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL Stadium Series at the United States Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Feb. 15, 2020. It will be the second regular-season outdoor game for the Avalanche, who hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field in Denver in the 2016 Stadium Series. The Kings will be playing in their third regular-season outdoor game, having hosted the Anaheim Ducks at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles for the 2014 Stadium Series and against the San Jose Sharks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, in the 2015 Stadium Series.
"It's exciting for sure," Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. "I don't know a lot about the Air Force and so I'm excited to maybe go in there early and experience it. Playing in the game will be really cool. Might be hard with the altitude and Colorado's a good team so it's going to be a good matchup. Always excited for outdoor games."
The NHL announced at the 2019 Bridgestone Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana on Jan. 1 that the Stars and Avalanche would host their respective games and opponents would be determined at a later time.
"The opportunity to be a part of another one of the NHL's premier events on an international stage at the 2020 NHL Winter Classic is so exciting and would not be possible without our passionate fans and the entire Smashville community," Predators President and CEO Sean Henry said. "We look forward to working with the League, the Dallas Stars and the city of Dallas to make this the best Winter Classic in the series' 12-year history."
The other regular-season outdoor game on the 2019-20 schedule that was announced last month is the 2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan, between the Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 26.
Additional details relating to the 2019 NHL Heritage Classic, 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, and 2020 NHL Stadium Series, including ticketing and broadcast information, will be released at a future date. Dates and locations for additional NHL events taking place during the 2019-20 season will be announced when available. Fans can sign up for news and information on all of the NHL's events at www.NHL.com/events.