Well, it looks like the NHL is going to play outside once more, as the final touches are reported to be almost in place for a New Years Day game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins, to be played in Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo.
It will be the first of its kind in the NHL since November 22, 2003, when the Edmonton Oilers hosted the Montreal Canadiens in the Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. A crowd of 57,167 (an NHL record) saw the Canadiens beat the Oilers, 4-3. The game also drew a record television audience in Canada.
The New Years Day game might also draw a record crowd for hockey at any level, now held by "The Cold War," played between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University on the campus of Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan, on October 6, 2001. The teams played to a 3-3 tie in Spartan Stadium before a crowd of 74,554.
The Peerless doesn't suspect you'll find many goalies wearing toques or eye-black as a regular equipment option.