Is it hot over there in Minnesota or is it just the St. Louis Blues?
Despite record-breaking cold weather for the Discover NHL 2022 Winter Classic, the Blues showed up for the big game in beachwear; Hawaiian shirts, shorts, sandals, sunglasses. They brought everything except the sand.
defender of the Blues Marco scandella even brought a cooler of refreshments.
With a playing time temperature of minus 8 Farenheit and a “feel” temperature of around minus 22, this competition is the coldest of 32 outdoor games the NHL has hosted. The coldest precedent on record was the first outdoor game, the 2013 Heritage Classic between the Montreal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, where the game temperature was 0 Farenheit.
“Everyone was talking about the cold, we thought it would be nice to come in just ready to sunbathe and enjoy it,” said the Blues captain. Ryan o’reilly. “It was good. We had a good laugh.”
“That was the idea of the players. I thought it was funny, to be honest with you,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “They talked to me and Doug [Armstrong] to do something when entering the rink. I wasn’t really sure what they were going to do, so I was also a little surprised. I thought it was pretty good. “
Several steps were taken to help fans keep a little less cold for the evening, including hand warmers at the seats and soup at the Target Field concession stands. Even ice needs to be heated to achieve the optimum temperature of 22-24 degrees for an NHL playing surface.
“You don’t play in Minnesota every year with this cold weather and we decided to do something special,” said Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko noted. “We looked pretty good. It gave the guys those positive emotions to see each other especially before big games like this. I think it helped us.”
“We knew it was a bold move and we kind of went all out and had fun with it,” the goalkeeper Jordan binnington noted. “We just thought that when we’re 50 looking back, you’d want to see yourself get off the bus in a costume or something funny like that and you can laugh and have some good pictures to look back on. “
But none of this seemed to worry the Blues. The cold never bothered them anyway.
– NHL.com Senior Editorial Director SHAwn Roarke contributed to this report.