By Sally Fahey
The NHL is planning outdoor games at Lake Tahoe in February including the Flyers, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights.
The games will be played on the golf course at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort in Nevada around the 16th, 17th and 18th holes. The league is mixing it up, putting games outside at the spot of the popular celebrity tournament.
The change comes in a year where fans will likely not be present or limited for all or most of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. No fans will be allowed at the location, with a total limit of 400 that will include employees from each team and those needed to carry out the game.
If it is successful, the NHL could consider more events like this one, playing outside without any fans, in addition to the league’s annual Winter Classic and Stadium Series games that have been held outside at football and baseball stadiums in the United States and Canada.
The NHL season is set to begin on January 13, with five games scheduled for that date.