Penguins Kris Letang can’t warm to more outdoor games
News that the Penguins likely will play in one of several outdoor games next season wasn’t exactly received warmly by defenseman Kris Letang.
“I think I’ve gotten enough of outdoor games,” he said Wednesday.
Letang and the Penguins have played in the outdoor Winter Classic twice, a 2-1 shootout win against Buffalo in 2008 in snowy Ralph Wilson Stadium and a 3-1 loss to Washington in 2011 at rainy Heinz Field.
“The first time, you couldn’t see anything. There was too much snow,” he said. “The ice was good, [but] it was really cold.”
“Here, it was plus-5 [Celsius]. The ice was horrible.”
The 2014 Winter Classic will feature Toronto and Detroit Jan. 1 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.
There are plans to add five other outdoor games around North America, including a game between the Penguins and Blackhawks March 1 at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
“It’s pretty cool for the fans, I guess,” Letang said. “It’s a good experience and everything, but I think they should make it more unique instead of having a bunch of them. It’s something you want to see once a year, not 15 times.”