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Tippett: Outdoor game in Phoenix would be 'great for our city'

Phoenix Coyotes' Dave Tippett, left, yells at referee Dave Jackson after officials disallowed a goal the Coyotes scored during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The Avalanche defeated the Coyotes 4-3. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

With the Phoenix Coyotes informing the NHL that they're prepared to host an outdoor game as part of the NHL's Stadium Series, a number of understandable questions have come up.

How in the world can you stage an outdoor hockey game in the desert (though Los Angeles is hosting one this season)? Where would the game be at? Would it draw fans similar to cities like Pittsburgh and Buffalo have?

But Coyotes coach Dave Tippett told Arizona Sports 620's Bickley and Marotta Wednesday that he'd be all for the team hosting a Stadium Series game.

"It's great for the organization, great for the city," Tippett said. "Any time you can highlight your sport like that and get 30, 40, 50 thousand people at a game, it's all positive. They look like they're real festive events. Deep down, players want to be involved in something like that.

"If we could get a game like that in Phoenix, I think it'd be great for our city and great for our players. It'd be fun for the players."

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