Avalanche want to host outdoor game

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche say they're talking to the NHL about the possibility of hosting an outdoor game next season.

Team President Josh Kroenke is "pushing the league quite hard" to hold a game out in the elements in what would be the franchise's 20th season in the Mile High City.

Kroenke said Tuesday they haven't settled on a site yet, but it could very well be Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, or possibly Sports Authority Field at Mile High, where Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos play.

Kroenke said he feels "very optimistic about our chances" as he talked ahead of the team's season opener Thursday in Minnesota.

The Avs are coming off a season in which they returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.