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Yankee Stadium To Host First-Ever NHL Games This Winter

Games Featuring Rangers, Devils, Islanders To Be Held In Late Jan.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announces the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium, August 8, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announces the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium, August 8, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – There will be some fierce competition at Yankee Stadium this winter.

Baseballs will be replaced by pucks when the New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders battle it out in the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

“Right in the center of Yankee Stadium, it’s going to be an incredible feeling,” Islanders left winger Matt Moulson told WCBS 880’s Monica Miller.

He said it’s been a long time since he played out doors, but it brings back great memories.

NHL players on the field as part of the announcement for the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium, August 8, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

NHL players on the field as part of the announcement for the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium, August 8, 2013. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

“I used to come home from school and grab my skates and gloves and head right to the pond,” Moulson told Miller.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the outdoor series will be great for the fans and to promote the game.

“To take this wonderful, iconic venue and do something that’s never been done in it before, play hockey games, we thought would be a lot of fun,” said the commissioner.

Official puck for the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Official puck for the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

 

The NHL has limited its outdoor games to one, maybe two, a year since it first began playing them 10 years ago.

In January, that’s set to change. There will be four games that month, and two more in March. To the rest of North America, the events could begin to seem ordinary. For fans, the league is confident they’ll remain a strong draw.

Bettman says “we can’t do enough of them” and in 2014 that will be put to the test with six outdoor games.

The week before the Super Bowl is played in New Jersey, the Rangers will play their two local rivals at Yankee Stadium. On Sunday, Jan. 26 they’ll play an afternoon game against the Devils. Then on Jan. 29, it’s a night game against the Islanders.

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