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Is that possible? NHL team plans desert game

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After the successful hosting of an NHL game in the sunny climes of Los Angeles, Arizona are considering getting in on the act.

The increasingly popular NHL Stadium Series is set to get four more games next season with Denver favourite to take one of them already.

Following the successful games featuring the Ducks and the Kings earlier this month in the LA Dodgers stadium, Arizona are keen to throw their hat into the ring for one of the remaining three games.

Phoenix–soon to be Arizona–Coyotes co-owners Anthony LeBlanc and George Gosbee confirmed their intentions at a Town Hall meeting last week.

"It's a tremendous event and it's exactly what we need in this market to help us grow the brand of the NHL and hockey in general," LeBlanc said. "I feel very confident. I think we gave a compelling story [to the League]."

"I think we made a very good case," Gosbee said. "Obviously there are lots of cities vying for an outdoor game so we have to wait our turn ... We know that we can put 55,000 people in an arena to come out and see the Coyotes play an outdoor game."

Two venues in Arizona seem most likely to meet the requirements of a Stadium Series venue. The Arizona Diamondbacks ballpark in Phoenix has been suggested while the University of Phoenix Stadium could also be available.

Both stadiums have forms of shelter that can protect the ice should the NHL decide to visit.

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