What's buzzing:

Puck Daddy

ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers hosting ‘Indoor Winter Classic’ on New Year’s Day

Sean Leahy
Puck Daddy

View photo

.
This Jan. 1 will be the first time in a long time that we aren't talking about an outdoor NHL game early in the New Year. (Aren't you going to miss all of those "how's the ice?" updates?)

But while the NHL and NHLPA sort out their issues so that we might be talking about a 2014 game at Michigan Stadium, the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers will have you covered if you're looking for some outdoor hockey on New Year's Day.

When the Ontario Reign visit the Wranglers on Jan. 1, the team will be hosting the very first "Indoor Winter Classic." How does an indoor arena play the role of an outdoor venue? For starters, most of the doors inside the Orleans Arena will be left open in order to create a strong breeze to help replicate a wintry environment. While the average temperature in Las Vegas in January is 57 degrees F, maybe there will be a wind gust to help create a Pavel Datsyuk-esque wind-aided goal?

Adding to the atmosphere, the team plans to have a "snow" falling throughout the arena, as well as the sounds of wind during the game.

It might be a typical regular-season matchup for both teams, but like a college bowl game, there will be something on the line for the Wranglers and Reign.

From the Wranglers:

A trophy, which is currently being built, will be presented to the winning team and will feature a chain and a padlock somewhere in the design. The emphasis on the chain and lock is as yet undetermined because it’s a “budget matter,” said a team representative.

This makes us wonder: Does the Winter Classic need some sort of trophy? I mean, everything else is sponsored for that game. We couldn't get a Cold-FX trophy featuring the frozen tears of Mark Messier or something to give to the winning Winter Classic team?

Follow Sean Leahy on Twitter at @Sean_Leahy

View Comments (13)
  • Rangers roll past Preds as Yandle debuts

    Rangers roll past Preds as Yandle debuts

    Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard both had two assists, and the New York Rangers rebounded from a rare regulation loss and sent the NHL-leading Nashville Predators to their season-worst third straight defeat, 4-1 on Monday night. Marc Staal, … More »

    AP - Sports - 8 minutes ago
  • Nashville Predators at NY Rangers Rangers - 03/02/2015

    Nashville Predators at NY Rangers Rangers - 03/02/2015

    Nashville Predators at NY Rangers Rangers - 03/02/2015 … More »

    NHL Highlights - 17 minutes ago
  • Senators-Wild Preview

    Looking to give themselves a fighting chance for the postseason, the Ottawa Senators emulated the Minnesota Wild and found a red-hot goaltender. With his perfect record to his NHL career on the line, Andrew Hammond will be in net again Tuesday for … More »

    AP - Sports - 17 minutes ago
  • Flames dealing with loss of Giordano at trade deadline

    Dealing with the news of a season-ending injury to defenseman Mark Giordano but with Calgary in a playoff spot, Brad Treliving's first NHL trade deadline as general manager of the Flames was unique. In the end, admitting it was difficult to replace … More »

    AP - Sports - 19 minutes ago
  • Maple Leafs-Panthers Preview

    The Florida Panthers made a big splash five days before the trade deadline, and the ageless Jaromir Jagr has provided a boost for a club seeking its second postseason berth in 14 years. The Panthers look to continue their push with a season … More »

    AP - Sports - 20 minutes ago