Penguins, Sabres will reportedly face off on Jan. 1
There is apparently going to be another "Ice Bowl", NHL style.
According to a report from The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres will play an outdoor game on Jan. 1, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL's Buffalo Bills.
The game will reportedly air nationally on NBC, but neither the network nor the NHL would confirm the report.
"If and when we have something to announce we will make sure the announcement gets heard," NHL spokesperson Frank Brown told the newspaper.
ESPN The Magazine's E.J. Hradek originally reported in early June on the NHL's plans for another outdoor game.
In 2003, the league took the game outdoors for the highly successful "Heritage Classic" in Edmonton. A crowd of nearly 60,000 braved sub-zero temperatures at Commonwealth Stadium to see the Oilers skate against the Canadiens.
That game was preceded by a legends tilt, featuring stars such as Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Guy Lafleur. Messier, who at the time was an active member of the New York Rangers, received permission to participate in the special event.