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'Classic' exposes the roots of the game

Despite freezing temperatures, there's no way fans or former players would miss the NHL's first outdoor game.

Updated: November 21, 2003, 2:39 PM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Legions of hockey fans in South Florida probably couldn't care less that the National Hockey League and the Edmonton Oilers are bringing the game outside on Saturday.

That might well be the case in Anaheim, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tampa, Atlanta, and Raleigh and maybe even Washington, D.C., too.

After all, if you didn't grow up in a climate where the cold clawed at your fingers and toes, the wind slapped your face and you had to shovel snow -- not only to get to ...

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