Earlier this season, a game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings was canceled because of unplayable ice conditions.
This reason for cancelation, is something you would think would be attached to an outdoor game, but those ice conditions were actually inside PNC Arena in Carolina.
Weather conditions threatened to shut down the Winter Classic yesterday between the Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues, however the game eventually was played and Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said the ice was actually better at Busch Stadium outside than his last game in Carolina.
"The ice was really good," Hjalmarsson said, according to Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski. "Probably better than that last game in Carolina."
The Blues won the game however, and Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford didn't feel the same as Hjalmarsson.
"The ice was pretty bad," Crawford told the The Chicago Tribune. "(The puck) was jumping all over the place."
With that strong statement by Hjalmarsson, is it time to move the Hurricanes out of Carolina. For a player to say that the ice surface at an outdoor event is better than that of an NHL arena is a pretty strong statement.