Canada is the birthplace of hockey - there's nothing quite like the great sport that unites people towards a common cause. Staging an outdoor game has lost its unique flavour over the years with the NHL saturating the market with multiple outdoor games every year, however, there's something to be said about an all-Canadian matchup in the great outdoors.
We witnessed this Saturday night between the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators, as the two Canadian clubs took part in an outdoor battle at Landsdowne Park. Regardless of the outcome of the game, it was a special moment for the 35,000 fans in attendance, which, for most - will be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Elliotte Friedman confirmed on Hockey Night in Canada that there's almost no chance that a Canadian team will get an outdoor game in the 2018-19 season, with the National Hockey League opting for games involving American teams only.
"It's unlikely there will be an outdoor game in Canada next year. Told not 100% done, but unlikely. I think the next time Canada rolls around, I wouldn't be surprised if the Oilers were involved with it - marquee team," Friedman explained.
It's unclear if that will be in two or three years, but it seems all but confirmed that Canada won't get an outdoor celebration in 2018-19. The Winter Classic for 2019 is already scheduled to take place at Notre Dame Stadium between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins.
Some fans will be okay with this decision as these outdoor games have lost their magic for some, but for many who want to experience this for the first time in their Canadian city, they will have to wait quite awhile.