Local family still not completely sick of outdoor NHL games

The Elbow staff

The Burns family sat in the back row at the 2010 Winter Classic, saying their favourite part was when the wind chill dipped to -20. Source

The Burns family sat in the back row at the 2010 Winter Classic, saying their favourite part was when the wind chill dipped to -20. Source

THORNHILL, ON – The Burns family today announced that they are very excited to watch yet another round of outdoor games as the new year approaches.

With tickets to Toronto's game against Detroit at BMO Field on Sunday, the family of four say they are still not completely sick and tired of the spectacle.

"We just love them," Julie, 46, said. "There's something magical about sitting in a stadium not built for hockey, and being unable to see the play from a mile back."

"When we can't get to the games in person, we watch them on TV instead. The snow and wind reduce the skill so much that it's just like watching them playing as kids."

"That's how the game should be."

Derek, 48, said the lead up to the games is often just as exciting as the event itself.

"The road to the winter classic films are one of our favourite things about these games," he said. "Each one is so different, with a great combination of brilliant writing and use of plane shots to illustrate how much travel these guys do."

Their eldest son Braden, has vivid memories of the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park in Boston.

"My favourite part of that game was when the wind chill dipped down to below -20 degrees. Losing feeling in your legs is just a part of the game."

According to neighbours, the family has been sitting in a snow bank for the past 12 hours, preparing their bodies for the cold that they might experience at the game tomorrow.

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