Winter Classic Down South? John Collins Says NHL Is Not There Yet

December 31st, 2009 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit in on a conversation with John Collins, Chief Operating Officer of the NHL. The topic du jour? The Winter Classic, where it is, where it’s going, and the process that NHL clubs endure to participate in the event.

When it comes to being considered as a host for the Winter Classic, every NHL team has the green light to put its best foot forward. One of the key components to the bid is getting the NHL clubs to understand what goes into the Classic and what they can expect. Collins stated that “We will look at each market on an individual basis and figure out whatever fits best.”

Clearly, the NHL is trying to create a level playing field for all teams, that said, on the surface, one has to believe that the “Gucci” teams such as the New York Rangers, Washington Capitals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs have the inside track to host the 2011 Winter Classic.

Collins stated that the bidding process “was not intended to be the best bid wins.” Collins went on to say that the bids will be going out the first week of January and that the NHL will look to make a response ...

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