Citi Field, MetLife Stadium Potential Sites For Winter Classic

NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins addressed the media after the Winter Classic Alumni Game on other topics regarding the future of the Winter Classic:

—The NHL isn’t likely to stretch much beyond the Midwest for future Winter Classics because it likes the 1 p.m. EST window on Jan. 1 or 2.

—The NHL has considered Citi Field, MetLife Stadium, the Yale Bowl, and even West Point as potential sites in New York/New Jersey. Detroit is in the mix as potential future site.

—The NHL and HBO have not yet talked about a “24/7” going forward for 2012.

—Canadian teams could become part of the Classic.

—Collins on the Jan. 1 day off: “It’s not ideal that we have this dead day tomorrow. But it’s kind of nice in that it stretches the event over a couple of days and I think there are more fans who have the ability to come out and touch it and feel it.”

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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