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How about RoughRiders-Waterloo play outside at Memorial Stadium?

Just came across an online story about the Omaha Lancers of the USHL moving back to Omaha’s Municipal Auditorium next season. The team had been playing in a new arena across the Missouri River in Council Bluffs. The story also mentioned how Omaha and the rival Lincoln Stars might talk about playing a game outdoors in the next couple of years, borrowing a successful page from the NHL’s book.

The Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks played at Wrigley Field on New Year’s Day, which was a smashing success. Last season, the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins played at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

So how about the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Waterloo Black Hawks agreeing to play a game or two outside? Maybe play one game here at Memorial Stadium next season and one at Waterloo’s Municipal Stadium the following season?

It would take a lot of work, but you would think it would generate tremendous buzz in both communities, help the sport of hockey and the USHL. You could donate most of the ticket proceeds from the game to flood relief in C.R. and Waterloo.

What do you all think? Good idea or pipedream? The possibilities have me kind of excited.

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Former Rider Abdelkader called up to NHL

Former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders forward Justin Abdelkader was recalled Friday to the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. Abdelkader had 14 goals and 13 assists in 44 games this season for Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. Detroit plays Washington on Saturday.

The Red Wings have injuries and sickness running through their forward corp right now, which precipitated Abdelkader’s recall. You might remember he made his NHL debut late last season on a PTO (Pro Contract Tryout) before signing a three-year deal with Detroit this past offseason.

Abdelkader led Michigan State to the NCAA Division I title in the 2006-07 season. He had 27 goals and 52 points in 60 games for Cedar Rapids in its 2004-05 Clark Cup championship season.

Here’s a link to the official press release:

http://redwings.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=406943&page=NewsPage&service=page

 

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