2015 NHL Winter Classic

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2015 NHL Winter Classic
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Chicago Blackhawks 0 0 0 0
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Date January 1, 2015
Arena Nationals Park
City Washington, D.C.
← 2014

The 2015 NHL Winter Classic is an upcoming regular season outdoor NHL game, scheduled to be held January 1, 2015. The game, the seventh Winter Classic, will feature the Chicago Blackhawks and the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park.[1]

Background[edit]

Bidding process[edit]

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman promised before the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals in Chicago that the Capitals would get to host the Winter Classic within two or three years. However, the 2013 NHL Winter Classic was postponed by a year due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout, and the Capitals therefore had to wait until at least 2015 to host the Winter Classic.[2]

Stadium selection[edit]

The Baltimore–Washington metroplex has several stadiums that meet the NHL's criteria for hosting the Winter Classic, and speculation included RFK Stadium and Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.; FedExField in Landover, Maryland; and Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. A desire to keep the game in the city proper and Nationals Park's more modern amenities made Nationals Park the early favorite.

On September 10, 2014, the NHL confirmed the game would be played at Nationals Park.[3]

Opponent selection[edit]

On June 20, 2014, nine months after the Capitals were named as hosts, the media reported they will play the Chicago Blackhawks,[4] although the NHL did not immediately confirm the reports until they announced the 2014–15 regular season schedule two days later.[1] This will be the second Winter Classic appearance for both the Capitals and the Blackhawks. In the 2009 Winter Classic, the Blackhawks lost to the Detroit Red Wings 6–4. In the 2011 Winter Classic, the Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3–1.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Winter Classic, rivalries highlight 2014-15 schedule". NHL.com. June 22, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ LeBrun, Pierre (September 21, 2013). "Capitals get 2015 Winter Classic". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Nationals Park to Host Capitals vs. Blackhawks in 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic". September 10, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ LeBrun, Pierre (June 20, 2014). "Caps, Blackhawks to play in Classic". ESPN.com. ESPN. Retrieved June 20, 2014.