The National Hockey League has officially taken over the shores of Lake Tahoe in preparation for their outdoor games being played this weekend at Edgewood Tahoe Resort in South Lake Tahoe. Let’s take a look at what’s on the docket for a memorable weekend in Tahoe.
The two games scheduled for the weekend include the Colorado Avalanche taking on the Las Vegas Golden Knights at noon on February 20, while the Philadelphia Flyers will play the Boston Bruins at 11 am on February 21. The games will be played without fans and will include plenty of pageantry.
While fans won’t be able to watch the games, excitement has filled the air in South Lake Tahoe. Locals and visitors have had numerous run ins with hockey greats and the NHL has announced plenty of sideshows throughout the weekend, including a honoree celebration for Lake Tahoe area Olympic Stars Hannah Teter and Maddie Bowman.
Each game will feature an intermission performance from Green Day, who will debut some new songs to the public.
While Lake Tahoe isn’t known for it’s hockey prowess, the area became the unlikely host of the NHL and its professional hockey players due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which made the league’s annual outdoor event devoid of fans. The NHL looked at several outdoor destinations in America and Canada while planning for the event. They made trips to Lake Louise, Alberta and Park City, Utah before settling on Tahoe. The games can only be seen on their national broadcast through NBC Sports.
The rink has been built on the 18th hole of Edgewood’s famed golf course, known for hosting the annual American Century Celebrity Championship, which has become the premiere celebrity golf event in the country. This weekend, it’s professional hockey players that will fill the area, with clear skies allowing for an unforgettable weekend on the lake.