The Winter Classic is a made for US TV event meaning NBC is only going to want to have the biggest markets and the biggest stars. While New Jersey has Kovalchuk and Parise, neither is really that big of a star like Crosby or Ovechkin and nobody cares about hockey in New Jersey to warrant their inclusion in the game. Minnesota, Colorado, and probably St. Louis would make more sense as hosts than LA or Dallas, but I doubt they will be playing in the WC unless they get some real big names with national appeal soon. You make a good point. I've been dying to see the WC head to Minnesota for a game against the Avs seeming I think everyone is kind of sick of the northeast teams every year (coming from a Boston guy). But you're right, NBC and the NHL really target teams that have big names and big personalities. Which for the most part doesn't exist to much outside of the Northeast, counting out Canada.