Sault Ste. Marie gets Blashill's vote for NHL's next outdoor game


The NHL is going outdoors this weekend with a pair of games on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Which begs the question: where should the league go next? It's a no-brainer for Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill.

"It’s really an easy one for me," Blashill said Friday during a pregame conversation with 97.1 The Ticket. "It would be right in Lake Superior, somewhere near Sault Ste. Marie. Maybe even on the St. Mary’s river there when it freezes down. I think that would be the best place.

"There’s not a greater state in the union than Michigan and there’s probably not a better spot in the state of Michigan than the UP, so let’s put it right there off Lake Superior."

Blashill grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, which has produced dozens of NHL players, including Hall of Famers Ron Francis and Phil Esposito. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better spot for a game.

If the NHL can't play literally on a frozen river (liability and all that), let's build a rink on a barge and drop the puck on Lake Superior. Who says no?