Why the NHL decided to come back to Colorado so fast for another outdoor game

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It was news to the rest of the NHL media today, but not to us BSN Denver people, right? We already knew that the Avalanche would be hosting another Coors Stadium Series NHL outdoor game, on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. We let you know that on Nov. 20 of last year, and reported eight months before that about the concept of an outdoor game taking shape in this great state of Colorado again in the first place.

So, enough about that. Let the others play catch up on the story. The question I had today was: why? What convinced the NHL to announce another prime-time, nationally televised, BIG PRODUCTION outdoor game to our fair state, not even two years after the last one, at Coors Field?

Well, of course, we know that too. Because Colorado is one hell of a great place, and the Air Force Academy is one hell of a great American institution and because of course there should be another outdoor game in Colorado.

"I'm getting fired up just talking about this," said NHL chief officer of content, Steve Mayer, on a conference call Tuesday discussing the official announcement of the outdoor game, to be played at Falcon Stadium. "We are very excited about coming back to Colorado. Our last experience there was just tremendous. Avalanche is a team of young players, an exciting team. Fans in your area are very rabid."

To answer a couple of questions before proceeding further: there is no official word on who the opponent will be against the Avalanche. That should come within the next few weeks, Mayer said. I've heard from my sources, though, that the Los Angeles Kings are the leading contender, partially because of Kings owner Phil Anschutz's ties to Colorado. Not only does Anschutz have a very large footprint in Denver with his various enterprises, but he also owns the Broadmoor Hotel in the Springs, not to mention the daily newspaper there, the Gazette.

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