Colorado Avalanche will play in outdoor game on Lake Tahoe this season

Ross Houston
January 14, 2021

It's now official: the Flyers will play their fifth outdoor game in franchise history on Sunday, Feb. 21, against the Bruins at 3 p.m. ET.

Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday will feature the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins on February 21. Both outdoor games will broadcast on NBC.

In keeping with the NHL's tradition of outdoor games, these two matchups will be the 31st and 32nd outdoor National Hockey League games held since the first in 2003.

The outdoor rink at the lake will certainly provide fans with a once-in-a-lifetime view.

The Flyers will wear their Reverse Retro adidas jersey, which should look pretty sharp on the ice at the lakefront 18th fairway of the resort's golf course.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman noted in the league's press release Monday that the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic played a part in selecting Lake Tahoe as the location, as previously ideas of putting an outdoor game in a non-stadium setting weren't possible because of the logistics of fan attendance. The Avalanche and Golden Knights will kick it off the day before the Flyers and Bruins take the ice along the shore of Lake Tahoe at Edgewood Tahoe Resort in Stateline, Nevada.

This will mark the 32nd and 33rd time the league has gone outdoors for a regular season game, the league has held an outdoor game regularly since the 2008 Winter Classic in Buffalo, N.Y. However, the first game outdoors was held four seasons prior in Edmonton when the Oilers hosted the Montreal Canadiens at the Heritage Classic in the fall of 2003. The Flyers additional outdoor game appearances include the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® (3-2 loss to the New York Rangers at Citizens Bank Park), the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ (4-2 loss to Pittsburgh at Heinz Field), and the 2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ (4-3 overtime victory over Pittsburgh at Lincoln Financial Field).

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