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Cold weather but a hot idea

The conditions weren't ideal, but the NHL's first regular-season outdoor game accomplished its task.

Updated: November 23, 2003, 1:49 AM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Montreal Canadiens alumni coach Jacques Demers positively gushed over the experience of coaching in an old-timers game played outdoors.

Paul Coffey, an Edmonton Oilers defenseman of legendary renown was almost moved to tears during a lengthy postgame speech about what it meant to come back to the city that launched and nurtured his NHL career.

Canadiens legend Steve Shutt thought it was a great moment for hockey. Wayne Gretzky, shut out of the scoring column in ...

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