Official word on the two Yankee Stadium games next winter

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From the NHL:

MAY 15, 2013

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE TO PLAY A TWIN BILL AT YANKEE STADIUM
Yankee Stadium to Host Two Games as Part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series
New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils, Sunday, Jan. 26 at 12:30 p.m. ET
New York Rangers at New York Islanders, Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. ET
NEW YORK (May 15, 2013) – Two outdoor regular-season NHL® games will be played at Yankee Stadium during the 2013-14 season as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series the National Hockey League announced today.

The two games scheduled for Yankee Stadium are:
·        New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014
12:30 p.m. ET
·        New York Rangers at New York Islanders
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014
7:30 p.m. ET

The two games at Yankee Stadium complete the four-game 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series scheduled for next season. On Jan. 25, the Anaheim Ducks will play the Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium. On March 1, the Chicago Blackhawks will host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field.

“The innovative nature of the Stadium Series affords the opportunity to have all three NHL teams in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area play, outdoors, at one of the most-celebrated stadiums in the world,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We’ll be able to create a multi-faceted, multi-day experience for our fans, and we thank the teams, Coors Light, the New York Yankees and Yankee Stadium for their support of this memorable NHL event.”

In just five years of its existence, Yankee Stadium already has provided the setting for some of the country’s most popular events as the baseball diamond has been transformed to host games between several of college football’s finest programs – including the annual New Era Pinstripe Bowl – concerts by Grammy Award-winning acts, top-tier soccer talent from around the world and a super welterweight title boxing match. However, the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will be the first time the Stadium has been used for hockey.

As one of the world’s most prestigious addresses, the original Yankee Stadium was also the home for scores of additional sports, entertainment and cultural events, as well as political assemblies, three Papal masses, religious conventions, concerts, NYU commencements and the circus.

“We have long thought that Yankee Stadium would be a great venue for outdoor hockey,” said Lonn Trost, New York Yankees Chief Operating Officer. “In addition to being a first-class baseball facility, Yankee Stadium was designed to house unique and memorable events, such as the NHL Stadium Series. Hosting two of the NHL’s classic rivalries at Yankee Stadium will be a great kickoff for the worldwide sporting events in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area scheduled in early 2014.”

The rivalries among the three NHL clubs based in the New York metropolitan area go well beyond the natural contentiousness of proximity. The Rangers, Islanders and Devils each have been successful on the ice, combining to win 11 Stanley Cup® Championships, including eight of the past 32.

“The New Jersey Devils are proud to have been selected to host the first of two games at Yankee Stadium,” said Devils President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. “The NHL Stadium Series will be a memorable experience for our organization, our players and, most importantly, our fans. We are thrilled to play our divisional rival, while adding to the legacy of one of the nation’s most recognized sports facilities.”

“The New York Islanders are honored to take part in the National Hockey League’s outdoor stadium series,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “Our fan-base is one of the most passionate in the NHL. The support we consistently receive from our fans was on display during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs and I expect it to be on an even greater scale when we take on the Rangers. This is what makes the games against the Rangers one of the best rivalries in the league. I look forward to seeing a strong contingent of the orange and blue in the stands at Yankee Stadium.”

“The New York Rangers are honored to participate in these two historic games at Yankee Stadium, bringing hockey into the home of another one of New York’s iconic sports franchises,” said Rangers President & General Manager Glen Sather. “Playing hockey outdoors takes the game back to its roots and reminds us all why we laced up our skates as youngsters.  We are excited to be able to bring that experience and thrill to our fans and the city of New York.”

Division foes during the regular season, the teams also have battled each other during memorable postseasons.

The Rangers and Devils have met six times in the Playoffs. Perhaps the most memorable of those series was in 1994 when the clubs faced off in the Eastern Conference Final. After proving to be the two best teams in the League during the regular season, they required a legendary series to determine the Eastern Conference champion, with the Rangers’ Stephane Matteau winning the deciding Game 7 in double-overtime. The Rangers went on to win the Stanley Cup® in seven games over the Vancouver Canucks. The Devils countered 12 months later by winning the first of their three Stanley Cup® Championships over the following nine seasons.

The Rangers and Islanders have met eight times in the postseason, including four straight years from 1981-84. The Devils and Islanders have met once in the post-season, with New Jersey earning a 4-2 series victory in the 1988 Patrick Division Semifinal.

The Rangers first played the Islanders in a regular-season game on Oct. 21, 1972, at Nassau Coliseum – a 2-1 win by the Rangers. The Rangers first faced the Devils in a regular-season game (after the team moved to New Jersey) on Oct. 8, 1982, at Brendan Byrne Arena – a 3-2 victory by the Devils.

“The teams playing in these two games – the Rangers, Islanders and Devils – have tremendously loyal fans and the rivalries are intense because of their proximity and playoff history,” said Mathieu Schneider, NHLPA special assistant to the Executive Director. “Yankee Stadium is a landmark venue in New York City and to see hockey played in such a celebrated setting will be extremely memorable to the players and everyone involved.”

Further details on this special NHL event, including national broadcast information and specifics on ticket opportunities for the season-ticket holders of each team, will be released shortly. Fans interested in receiving more information on ticketing, news and special offers around the event should register at www.NHL.com/2014NewYork.

NHL Network™ and NHL.com will provide extensive coverage live from New York leading up to and after the games. NHL Social™ will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms, including the use of the hashtag #StadiumSeries.

Since the NHL established the tradition of hosting regular-season games outdoors to celebrate the origin and traditions of hockey, fans across North America have expressed their desire for those celebrations to spread across the hockey landscape. Five of the six most- watched regular-season NHL games in the U.S. in the past 38 years have been played outdoors.

The NHL recently announced that the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 1, when the Detroit Red Wings will host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium on the University of Michigan campus. It is anticipated that the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® could set a world record for attendance at a hockey game.

The first-ever NHL regular-season game contested outdoors was played in 2003 when the Edmonton Oilers hosted the Montreal Canadiens at Commonwealth Stadium. Since then, the NHL has played six additional regular-season games outdoors. For a history of these games, please visit NHL.com.

Official fan packages for all NHL signature events will be available from Global Event Forum, the Official NHL Events™ Fan Package Partner. For more information please visit nhl.com/fanpackages.

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  1. Boyler and Kreider are going to break out “at Home” in this series.

    I wouldn’t want to pay Boyler’s bill for game tickets, one has to wonder how many he will get for his large family.

  2. My son is heading to Boston for Game 2. He and a buddy are regular road warriors. They were in DC for Games 1 and 2.

  3. That tall kid in the plaid shirt behind Torts looks like he might be useful on defense.

  4. McPhee in a walk. But he must remember to sleep with all windows locked and keep a .45 under his pillow the rest of his life.

  5. I just love subscribing to the NY Times. Baba Walters retirement posted on front page; try to find IRS abuse, Holder transgressions, Benghazi info. Journal News is close second.

  6. Rob in Beantown on

    The Islanders have won 4 of the last 32 Stanley Cups. Pretty impressive, no?

  7. In hindsight the Hartford Whalers won 0 of the last 32. In Foresight the Rangers have a good chance to win one of the next 32.

  8. “The Red Wings and Maple Leafs each have been successful on the ice, combining to win five of the past 45 Stanley Cup® Championships.”

  9. Rob in Beantown on

    “The Rangers and the Bruins have been successful on the ice, combining to win 50% of the last two Stanley Cup Championships.”

  10. Rob, Love the numbers crunch. I’m looking for some numbers creativity, do you prepare tax returns?

  11. Long time listener, first time caller. Does anyone know about Boston’s line combos? What time does Rangers practice start? Thanks.

  12. Looking forward as I tend to do, I recommend dressing in
    warm clothing, wearing several layers if you plan to attend either outdoor extravaganza.

  13. Word from Boston is that the line combos are being held very close to the vest, impossible to get.

    Rangers are so confident, practice not necessary

  14. *Staal Wart* on

    the Rangers are at Yankee Stadium and they are the away team both times?

  15. In hindsight, I’ve found there are some here who are long time callers, first time listeners.

  16. Rob in Beantown on

    In hindsight, Taylor Pyatt has been an offensive juggernaut this postseason, averaging a point per game over the last 1 game #nhlstats

  17. I suggest, at the Garden, Glen Beck drop the ceremonial 1st Puck and Hillary Rodham Clinton sing a version of God Bless America!

  18. Rob in Beantown on

    Rick Nash boasts a career 3-1 postseason record over the last 4 games #nhlstats

  19. Peter Gammons to Tortorella: “Talk about your admiration for the Yankee* organisation. Or your philosophy on shot blocking.”

  20. Does anyone no why before the start of the 2nd Round, members of the “Taxi Squad” were dispatched home? Do the Rangers know something (in foresight) which will find out with hindsight?

  21. Pool on who scores the 1st goal of the series.

    I’m picking Callaghan.

    (leave Brassard for Eddie please)

  22. Rob in Beantown on

    I’m now being told Rick Nash boasts a more impressive career 4-1 postseason record over the last 5 games #nhlstats

  23. Tiebreaker: period and game# of Rangers 1st “Too Many Men on the Ice Penalty” in the series.

  24. Not YOU, Carp. Rangers and local sports, you, and Reisman (and burglaries in my neighborhood) are why I subscribe. Sports first. Just babbling politics in the wrong restaurant. Hope you read this and know what that was all about.

  25. I know exactly what you meant, coos, and am not offended at all. (just don’t tell anybody).

    Chrystal, want to bet?

  26. Coos, in hindsight, it seems to me,
    one who is so concerned with avoiding political commentary here (PBR) perhaps may lead us by example and practice what he preaches.

  27. Indeed, PB. BTW, I think there are 7 or 8 current Rangers who do not wear the face shield. Boyle is one of them. I do advocate shields, but anyone who tells me Boyle is not tough because he is not interested in boxing with goons is out in left field.

  28. Kenny Albert Rules! on

    They should just name the Selke Award the Datsyuk Automatic nomination award.

  29. Rob in Beantown on

    The fact that we are seriously talking about whether or not Marc Staal will ever play hockey again means everybody should wear a face shield. I don’t understand how guys can see that happen to their own teammate and still want to wear it. Boyle played college hockey where they had full cages and yet still won’t wear a visor.

  30. Yankee Stadium? According to Miami these clowns shouldn’t be allowed to play after hours on a lical high school stadium in Cusco, let alone Yankee Staduim.

  31. Quiet night. Everyone showing good foresight in resting their digits and cyber communication devices for tomorrow’s busy day.

  32. ‘Quiet nights of quiet stars
    Quiet chords from my guitar
    Floating on the silence
    That surrounds us….’

  33. YouveGotGold on

    Selling 2 tickets for Rangers/Bruins Game 3. Lower Section 227 Row 5 Seats 20 & 21 (Aisle). Unfortunately, I’ll be out of town for work, but have worked out my flight back so that I can go to game 4. Email me if interested – wag279@gmail.com I hate selling my tickets on StubHub where I cannot guarantee that a Rangers fan will be sitting in my seats. Looking for $425 for the pair.

  34. ‘Quiet thoughts and quiet dreams quiet walks by quiet streams
    And a window looking on the mountains and the sea,
    Oh how lovely…’

    Actually, looking out over Pinebrook Boulevard traffic and the Larchmont Reservoir across the street. Oh well. – And my brother pawned my Fender guitar, so that’s gone, too.

  35. Two tickets to a Rangers/Bruins playoff game is worth $425. That’s more than I spent on the washing machine I bought my ex wife for her birthday they year before we divorced. Very little gratitude in this world.

  36. YouveGotGold on

    Coos – I know the price is high, but it’s less than the cheapest tickets on StubHub.

  37. Coos, a washing machine for her birthday? Was that so she didn’t have to wash your clothes in the sink by hand with the wash board anymore? What a guy!

  38. If they win the 1st two in Boston you may be ale to get twice that price, YGG.

  39. YouveGotGold on

    Maybe Papa – Gold has been dropping in price pretty steep lately. Even fell below $1400/troy ounce today. If it keeps falling, maybe I can buy half an ounce after selling those tickets.

  40. YouveGotGold on

    Are you suggesting I hold out Papa? What’s your price prediction if they lose the first 2 in Boston or, my expectation, that we split the first 2?

  41. YGG, speculating on price and cost are generally not in my arsenal. However, assessing risk is. My advice, if you can grab the $425 now, go for it.

    However, If you decide to hold, I would suggest dump the assets if Boston wins Game 1. If the Rangers take game 1, hold and sell after game 2.

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