Top 5: Outdoor NHL Games
How strange that ice hockey, the game that we’ve come to know and love, was concocted and established outside on a rink and yet, to this day, is more often than not played indoors. Back in 1875, when the first indoor game was held, it was a novelty at the time. Eventually, it became customary to see games held in a controlled setting after the first Olympic hockey tournament was played indoors in 1920, with the occasional one played outdoors. It would be decades later before the NHL’s first regular season outdoor game ensued in 2003, generating some of the most popular fan attendances to date. This week, the Oilers American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate team, the Bakersfield Condors, will be participating in their first-ever AHL Outdoor Classic, which will also mark the eighth outdoor game in AHL history. In this week’s Top 5 Tuesday, we take a look back at some of the most memorable NHL outdoor games.