With the last two New Year’s Days featuring the ultra-cool (and ultra-cold) Winter Classics, it’s fair to say that outdoor hockey has been enjoying a mini-resurgence. The old “frozen pond” romanticism is something the NHL had probably gone too far away from over recent years, and this effort to get back to the roots of the game was long overdue.
But not all outdoor hockey is created equally, of course, and there are probably pretty specific geographic limitations as to where one could pull off a game like that. Or so you’d think, anyway. If the Norfolk Admirals get their wishes, they’ll be playing a game in probably the most bad-assed environs yet: the deck of a freaking aircraft carrier.