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Outdoor hockey Swiss style

As part of Tuesday's must-read preview section commemorating the Winter Classic -- there's your promo -- we'll have a look back at previous outdoor games in North America and overseas. The most recent came in January, when a European record crowd of 30,076 saw the 100th meeting of two rivals in Bern, Switzerland. SC Bern, coached by former Sabres defenseman John Van Boxmeer, beat SC Langnau, 5-2, in the city's soccer stadium.

Check out some of the video from the scene at this one. No snow, so not an Ice Bowl. But you get the idea what a rink looked like in the middle of a large field there. Note the long walk from the dressing rooms to the ice. The Sabres and Penguins will endure a similar trek before and after each period Tuesday in the Ralph.

---Mike Harrington

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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