The NHL's Gary Bettman recently discussed the possibility of another outdoor hockey game in the near future.
"At some point I would like to see the battle of Pennsylvania at Penn State."
PA governor Ed Rendell had proposed making the game an annual affair with proceeds going to charity, but Bettman doesn't necessarily see it that way. While the game could be a good thing for the NHL, having an annual competition would be tough to pull off. Bettman doesn't want to ruin the spectacle of the outdoor game and cites other factors that would hinder efforts to make this outdoor clash a given thing.
"I also have no doubt that if you played every year in Happy Valley the weather would not cooperate every year. These games are difficult to put on. They're risky. They're expensive. And they're dependent on things that are not within our control."
We all remember the excitement and unique feel of the Pittsburgh-Buffalo game last season that ended in a shootout win for the Pens. Of course, the snow helped set the scene.
Looks like we may see a similar scene in Happy Valley sometime in the future.