It was news to the rest of the NHL media today, but not to us BSN Denver people, right? We already knew that the Avalanche would be hosting another Coors Stadium Series NHL outdoor game, on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. We let you know that on Nov. 20 of last year, and reported eight months before that about the concept of an outdoor game taking shape in this great state of Colorado again in the first place.

So, enough about that. Let the others play catch up on the story. The question I had today was: why? What convinced the NHL to announce another prime-time, nationally televised, BIG PRODUCTION outdoor game to our fair state, not even two years after the last one, at Coors Field?

Well, of course, we know that too. Because Colorado is one hell of a great place, and the Air Force Academy is one hell of a great American institution and because of course there should be another outdoor game in Colorado.

“I’m getting fired up just talking about this,” said NHL chief officer of content, Steve Mayer, on a conference call Tuesday discussing the official announcement of the outdoor game, to be played at Falcon Stadium. “We are very excited about coming back to Colorado. Our last experience there was just tremendous. Avalanche is a team of young players, an exciting team. Fans in your area are very rabid.”

To answer a couple of questions before proceeding further: there is no official word on who the opponent will be against the Avalanche. That should come within the next few weeks, Mayer said. I’ve heard from my sources, though, that the Los Angeles Kings are the leading contender, partially because of Kings owner Phil Anschutz’s ties to Colorado. Not only does Anschutz have a very large footprint in Denver with his various enterprises, but he also owns the Broadmoor Hotel in the Springs, not to mention the daily newspaper there, the Gazette.

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Adrian Dater, was born in Vermont and lived as a tot in New York City before living most of his first 25 years in New Hampshire. Education:  Went to Keene State College and received a degree in journalism in 1988. I wrote sports for the college paper, called "The Equinox." Career: After a two-year stint out of college working as a proofreader and part--time sports writer for The Concord Monitor (N.H)., I moved to Denver in May of 1991, with no job, no connections and no car, but a lot of hope. After doing some odd jobs (including working as a bill collector for a trash company), I found some odd writing jobs for local periodicals and then latched on with The Denver Post in December of 1991 as a score-taker for the high-school sports department. That led to more writing jobs, such as covering DU hockey, lots of high-school coverage and various minor-pro sports. In March of 1995, I got a scoop that would change my life: I broke the story of the Quebec Nordiques moving to Denver to become the Avalanche, and for the next 19 years I covered the team every day. In 2015, I became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where I worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver. I have also been a main hockey writer with Sports Illustrated, The Hockey News, The Sporting News, Hockey Digest, Versus.com and have written seven books on sports, including the 2006 best-selling "Blood Feud", a book about the famous Avs-Red Wings rivalry. Most memorable sports moment: As a fan, when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004. Also, when the Celtics beat the Lakers in the 1984 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: It would probably be a book called "Game Misconduct", by Russ Conway. It's the story of how a small-town sports reporter (Conway) in Massachusetts exposed the corruption and brought down one of the most powerful figures in the NHL at the time, Alan Eagleson. The book is a primer on how to report and investigate powerful entities. One sports movie that I can’t live without: I loved "Rocky III", and I loved a 1977 basketball movie starring Robby Benson called "One on One." And, of course, "Slap Shot." Most memorable experience as a reporter: I've gotten to interview some of my boyhood heroes, including Larry Bird, Fred Lynn and Luis Tiant. But probably the most memorable of them all was writing the story of Ray Bourque's one and only Stanley Cup in his 22 years, his final game as a pro with the Avs in 2001. The sport that started it all: As a guy who eventually grew to become 6-foot-6, I could hoop it up some. I was the starting center on my high-school team that made the N.H. state semifinals in 1983. While I never played competitive hockey, I played a lot on the many frozen ponds of New Hampshire and had a pretty good slap shot.