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“Not the Brightest Idea”: NHL World Goes Satirical on NHL Commissioner for Hinting at an Outdoor Game in Florida

Published 02/08/2023, 12:45 PM EST

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The National Hockey League is one of the most popular sports leagues in the U.S. and Canada. Hence, a constant drive for change and the evolution of the league has worked out to keep fans on their feet. Similarly, in a recent venture, the league is speculating an interesting possibility for the sport. The NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman, talked about the prospect of holding an outdoor game of ice hockey in the state of Florida, per Tampa Bay Times

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Moreover, he addressed the cause at the annual All-Star Game media availability on Sunday, the 5th of February. However, there’s a certain issue that stands as an obstruction. Fans take to the comments section to administer their reactions on the possibility, under a post by Hockey on Hockey on Facebook. Let’s explore some of the reactions. 

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As per the sources, the league’s take on the possibility faced serious mockery from fans. Furthermore, NHL stated that Florida’s weather remains a hindrance to the open-air conduction of the game. Thus, fans unable to grasp the logic behind it, blow up the comments section with their reactions. Here are some of them: 

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“Why would you try to put a hockey game here? We get maybe one week of weather that could work for this, and none of us know when that is, so pre scheduling it is out of the question from the start”

“I’m done, my head hurts just from reading this”

“Playing hockey in FL outdoors is like having the Super Bowl in Siberia. Not the brightest idea.”

“They could do a roller hockey game. It would be perfect with the direction the NHL is going”

“Would be waste of resources” 

“Since when hockey is a summer sport lol. Bettman out there reinventing the wheel”

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However, quite a few did wonder about the actual possibility of running an outdoor event. One wrote, “well, they did play an outdoor game in 80 degrees before. It isn’t totally out that question,” while another implied that it could be possible doing it. Additionally, this isn’t the first time Bettman is getting trolled by fans. 

Fans displeased with the NHL commissioner’s SBJ honor 

As per a recent tweet by Sports Business Journal, Bettman received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his 30-year-long legacy as the NHL commissioner. Moreover, his tenure has been the longest in all four major sports leagues in North America. However, the acknowledgment didn’t sit well with NHL fans as they held a critical stance. 

Here are some of them: 


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Do you think it would be viable to hold the ice hockey games in the scorching temperatures of Florida? Let us know in the comments. 



Tiyasa Biswas

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Edited By: Simar Singh Wadhwa