NHL explores 2 Classics for 2010-11

December 17, 2009

The NHL is considering adding a Winter Classic outdoor game for Canadian teams as soon as next season.

So far the league's annual outdoor game on New Year's Day has matched up teams from American cities with strong hockey followings. Adding Canadian teams was considered for 2010 but didn't happen.

"It's something we're going to look at for next season," Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday. "We'll see if we can make that happen."

The Bruins and Flyers are scheduled to play Jan. 1 at Fenway Park in Boston in the third Classic.

Bettman said all six Canadian teams have expressed interest in hosting or playing in the game.

Martin Brodeur tied Patrick Roy's record for regular-season appearances by a goalie Wednesday when he started for the Devils against the Canadiens. Roy appeared in 1,029 games in 18 years. Brodeur is in his 16th season.

•Senators center Jason Spezza will miss six to eight weeks with a torn ligament in his right knee. ... Ducks forward Joffrey Lupul will have surgery Thursday on a herniated disc in his back and could miss two months.

AP

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