NHL embracing the coming cold as tradition
Detroit centre Pavel Datsyuk spoke a simple truth about the field.
"Move fast, or you'll be frozen."
The National Hockey League isn’t on to shy away from such frigid conditions. To them, such a freezing weather is one of the core elements that make up the sport. Cold and hockey complement each other and has as much history with the players, many of whom practiced their game on the seasonal frozen ponds before making it to the big league. For NBC, which will be showing the games, all the things which would come with the snow such as bundled up fans, breath frosting in the air and snow falling around would make a spectacular view which would allow them to make record ratings.
"It's going to be even better with a few snowflakes floating through the air to create a perfect backdrop for the greatest game on earth," said Sam Flood, NBC Sports executive producer.
Both the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Red Wings have no issue with wearing more to brave the chill on Wednesday for the big game.
With the Winter Classic comes all the elements that are part of the season. Chill wind, snow and freezing temperatures. And for the first time, the NFL has decided to stage their Super Bowl on an outdoor venue where the chill will go right through the bones. But that has got the fans and some people in the NFL worried and hockey and football are very different with regard to weather being a controlling factor. Although the new decision to go for an outdoor venue rather than dome closed stadiums where temperature can be controlled will get record ratings and attendance, the weather might prove to be a problem.
Packers tight end Andrew Quarless said that he would prefer a dome over outdoor venue.
"New York is a great city, it's one of the best cities you could play in as far as the Super Bowl," he said. "But yeah, as a player, you'd like to be in a dome or somewhere warm where you don't have to worry about the weather."
Rather than the frigid conditions, the NFL players are more concerned over the drop pass.
"I think you know you expected it to be a lot colder than it actually was. You're worried about staying warm underneath your gear and once you start playing, your body temperature is just going to take over and you're going to be warm,” Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane said. “You don't have to worry about it too much. There were guys actually taking off layers of clothing as the game went on."