The setting was magnificent however the ice conditions were far from it, resulting in an extended delay between the first and 2nd period of the outdoor game between the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche at Lake Tahoe.
The NHL chose to stop the video game for more than 8 hours on Saturday after bright sun and temperature levels hovering around freezing resulted in bad ice conditions that had players and authorities consistently falling because of holes on the ice.
"We've done over 30 outside games," Commissioner Gary Bettman told broadcaster NBC. "This has actually been the most challenging weather circumstance we've had, and it's a stunning day. However if you search for at the sun, the cloud cover is all over but where the sun is, and it did a number on the ice."
The video game was stopped after the very first duration at 3:55 p.m. ET and Bettman stated the strategy is to play the final 2 durations starting at midnight ET.
Bettman stated some players desired to keep playing while others didn't, but the last decision was made in assessment with the union because of safety.
"We type of wished to return out," Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog stated on NBC. "It's most likely a great decision that we moved it tonight, and we'll be all set to go."
Crews were dealing with the ice right before the opening faceoff and concerns kept cropping up throughout the duration.
"We've done over 30 [outside] games and we've never had a problem quite like this," Bettman said. "We've played in some rain, we've played in snow, however sunshine has always been our opponent."
The ice issues removed from the incredible setting for the video game, which is being played on a makeshift rink on the 18th fairway of a golf course on the coast of Lake Tahoe, with snow-covered mountains in the background.
It snowed over night and into the early morning prior to the sun came out. While the beautiful conditions produced best views, it showed destructive to the ice.
However the delay didn't change Bettman's commitment to outdoor video games, even in unconventional settings beyond a stadium venue like Lake Tahoe.
"This video game was truly taking the video game out to its roots in terms of the environments," Bettman stated. "Obviously we attempted to do something various in an uncommon time, attempt and give our fans something special. The players were excited about it. ... We're going to continue to do this, however we always knew and we'll know moving forward that when you play outside and ice is important, the climate condition can impact whether or not we can play the video game. We've been lucky to this point and I believe we're all dissatisfied however the teams have actually been excellent. ... And we carry on. You can't have success if you do not risk failure."
The Avalanche led the game 1-0 on an objective by Samuel Girard.
Brand-new start times
The NHL revealed that Sunday's video game in between Boston and Philadelphia will be returned by more than 5 hours to avoid the intense sunlight that is triggering problems for the first game this weekend.
The video game at Edgewood Tahoe Resort will now begin at 7:30 p.m. ET. It had actually initially been arranged for a noon local start and after that was moved back to 11 a.m. earlier in the week because of the forecast.
The video game likewise was moved from NBC to NBCSN, with the New Jersey Devils-Washington Capitals video game previously set up for 7 p.m. ET now being altered to 2 p.m. and being transmitted on NBC.
Due to the fact that of the ice conditions, both groups were not able to practice on the specifically developed outside rink before Saturday's Vegas-Colorado video game. They were forced to go to a regional indoor rink rather.
"In this video game, you need to discover how to adjust," Flyers coach Alain Vigneault stated.