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Sounds like four outdoor games next season

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PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 01: A general view is seen as the Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Washington Capitals during the 2011 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic at Heinz Field on January 1, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Washington won 3-1. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Only one is official, but it sounds like there could be four outdoor NHL games next season.

The official one is Oct. 23 in Winnipeg, the Heritage Classic between the Jets and Oilers at Investors Group Field.

The reported ones are:

-- Jan. 1, 2017, in Toronto, presumably at BMO Field, between the Maple Leafs and Red Wings (Toronto Star)
-- Jan. 2, 2017, in St. Louis, at Busch Stadium, the Winter Classic between the Blues and Blackhawks (Post-Dispatch)
-- Feb. 18, 2017, in Pittsburgh, at Heinz Field, between the Penguins and Flyers (TSN and ESPN)

Official announcements for the reported ones are expected shortly, possibly later today.

Oh, and say what you will about the novelty of these outdoor games having worn off -- it definitely has for a lot of fans -- but don’t expect many, if any, tickets to go unsold.