NHL Stadium Series

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NHL Stadium Series
National Hockey League
First playedJanuary 25, 2014
Times held11
Teams participated14
Most appearances3:
Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins
Most recent2022

The Stadium Series is one of the series of regular season outdoor games played in the National Hockey League (NHL). This event is distinct from the NHL's other two series of outdoor games, the NHL Winter Classic and NHL Heritage Classic outdoor games, played on New Year's Day and in Canada, respectively. Games in the Stadium Series have been held in either late January, February, or early March in a football or baseball stadium in the United States. The first Stadium Series was held in 2014 and consisted of seven teams participating in four games held in three venues. In 2015, only one game in the Stadium Series was held, while in 2016, two games were held.[1] Since 2017, only one game has been scheduled per year.

List of games[edit]

Dodger Stadium being prepped for the NHL's inaugural game of the Stadium Series in January 2014
  • Bolded teams denote winners
  • Italicized games are yet to be played
Year Date Venue Location Visiting Team Home Team Score Attendance
2014 January 25 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles, CA Anaheim Ducks Los Angeles Kings 3–0 54,099
January 26 Yankee Stadium New York City, NY New York Rangers New Jersey Devils 7–3 50,105
January 29 New York Rangers New York Islanders 2–1 50,027
March 1 Soldier Field Chicago, IL Pittsburgh Penguins Chicago Blackhawks 1–5 62,921
2015 February 21[2] Levi's Stadium Santa Clara, CA Los Angeles Kings San Jose Sharks 2–1 70,205
2016[1] February 21 TCF Bank Stadium Minneapolis, MN Chicago Blackhawks Minnesota Wild 1–6 50,426
February 27 Coors Field Denver, CO Detroit Red Wings Colorado Avalanche 5–3 50,095
2017[3] February 25 Heinz Field Pittsburgh, PA Philadelphia Flyers Pittsburgh Penguins 2–4 67,318
2018[4] March 3 Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Annapolis, MD Toronto Maple Leafs Washington Capitals 2–5 29,516
2019[5] February 23 Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, PA Pittsburgh Penguins Philadelphia Flyers 3–4 69,620
2020 February 15 Falcon Stadium Colorado Springs, CO Los Angeles Kings Colorado Avalanche 3–1 43,574
2022 February 26 Nissan Stadium[6] Nashville, TN Tampa Bay Lightning Nashville Predators 3–2 68,619
2023 February 18 Carter–Finley Stadium Raleigh, NC[7] Washington Capitals Carolina Hurricanes

Broadcasters[edit]

United States[edit]

In the United States, the Stadium Series was broadcast on NBC Sports from 2014 to 2020. NBC aired the majority of the Stadium Series games on Saturday nights; the exceptions being the 2014 Ducks–Kings game in Dodger Stadium (aired on NBCSN), the 2014 Islanders–Rangers game in Yankee Stadium (held on Wednesday night on NBCSN), and the 2015 Kings–Sharks game in Levi's Stadium (aired on NBCSN).

Starting with the 2022 Stadium Series, the games broadcaster will alternate between TNT and ESPN/ABC. The 2022 game marked a return to cable television for the first time since 2015. Even though ABC has its own NHL Game of the Week package on Saturdays, they could not broadcast the Stadium Series in 2022 due to conflicts with its NBA coverage. With TNT airing NBA All-Star Saturday Night the same night, the 2023 game, originally scheduled to air on ESPN, will air on ABC and be simulcast on ESPN+.

Canada[edit]

In Canada, the first two 2014 Stadium Series games were aired on CBC, while TSN simulcast NBCSN's broadcast of the Islanders–Rangers game. The Penguins–Blackhawks game did not air in Canada due to CBC's prior commitment to broadcast a Canadiens–Maple Leafs game. Before the 2014–15 season, Sportsnet became the sole rightsholder of NHL national games in Canada, taking over Hockey Night in Canada in a sublicensing agreement with CBC. However, with the exception of the 2015 game in Santa Clara, Sportsnet has generally aired the Stadium Series using a simulcast of the American broadcasters. They would, however, provide their own broadcast crews if a Canadian team is involved, as was the case in 2018 with the Maple Leafs–Capitals game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Masisak, Corey (24 January 2015). "National Hockey League announces 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and two 2016 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Games". NHL.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Sharks, Kings to play in 2015 NHL Stadium Series". Sports Illustrated. August 6, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "Fans Brave Dropping Temperatures For NHL Stadium Series Game". KDKA-TV. February 25, 2017. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  4. ^ Khurshudyan, Isabelle (May 27, 2017). "Capitals expected to play in outdoor game at Naval Academy next season". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  5. ^ Philadelphia Flyers (November 19, 2017). "2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Announced". PhiladelphiaFlyers.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  6. ^ "NHL Announces 2021-22 Outdoor Games and 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend" (Press release). NHL. June 28, 2021.
  7. ^ "2023 NHL Stadium Series opponent, date announced". NHL.com. March 3, 2022. Retrieved March 3, 2022.