NHL: Minnesota should be considered for Winter Classic

The wildly successful outdoor hockey games have quickly become an NHL staple and a hit among fans. The Canadian Press says the "State of Hockey" is among a handful of locations in the mix.
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The wildly successful outdoor hockey games have quickly become an NHL staple and a hit among fans. The Canadian Press says the "State of Hockey" is among a handful of locations in the mix.

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