Dallas Stars players got word that the 2020 Winter Classic was coming to Dallas well in advance of Tuesday's announcement by the NHL. On Wednesday, players got to share their thoughts on the Stars taking on a still to be determined opponent at the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day next year.
"It's awesome. It's been a long time coming," said Stars captain Jamie Benn. "Some people in this organization obviously did a great job getting that game here. (Stars president) Brad Alberts was probably a big part of it. It's going to be great to bring hockey to the outdoors of the state of Texas."
During his youth, playing outdoors for Benn meant street hockey because there wasn't a lot of snow or frozen ponds in Victoria, British Columbia, so he is relishing an opportunity to play an outdoor game on ice.