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New outdoor venue found for NHL games

The NHL played outdoors in the shadow of the Green Monster at Fenway Park, on consecutive days at Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium, and at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

This year’s outdoor games will be in a unique, picturesque setting: along the shores of Lake Tahoe.

The NHL announced Monday it will hold two games on an outdoor rink set up at Edgewood Golf Course in Stateline, Nevada.

Vegas will play Colorado on Feb. 20 and Boston faces Philadelphia on Feb. 21 on a temporary rink set up on the 18th hole at Edgewood, site of the annual American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament.

The NHL is trying to navigate a season outside a bubble environment during the coronavirus pandemic and already has experienced what deputy commissioner Bill Daly called a “classic outbreak” within the Dallas Stars. With six players and two staffers testing positive for the virus, Dallas won’t play until Jan. 19 at the earliest, the league said.

“We’re still trying to get our arms around exactly how the spread occurred,” Daly said. “We think we’re at the end. We hope we’re at the end of that outbreak, and everybody is recovering nicely and being cared for and doing what they need to do to get healthy.”

The NHL has been conducting outdoor games since 2003 and the two in the NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe event will be the 31st and 32nd in the series.

The league had been looking for new sites to play outdoor games and decided Lake Tahoe was a perfect fit. The area will provide dramatic views, with towering snow-capped mountains rising above the massive lake on the state line between California and Nevada.

No fans will be allowed to attend due to COVID-19 restrictions.

— The Associated Press

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