The NHL Winter Classic has become an annual tradition featuring two great teams in an outdoor game on New Year’s Day. Adding some excitement to what would otherwise be a normal regular season game, this matchup is usually held at iconic football or baseball stadiums in an area with a resident NHL team.
The inaugural NHL Winter Classic featured the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Buffalo Sabres at Ralph Wilson Stadium (now known as New Era Field) in Buffalo, NY. This incredible game went to overtime with the score tied 1-1. Unable to break the stalemate in the extra session, it would take a shootout to determine the winner of this contest.
Pittsburgh’s captain, Sidney Crosby, would score on Buffalo’s Ryan Miller in the sixth round of the shootout to cement the victory for his club as the snow fell gently onto the playing surface. This picturesque view along with all the action of NHL hockey brought about a new tradition which the NHL would come to expand upon.
Since then, the NHL has hosted NHL Winter Classic games at the following locations:
- 2009 – Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
- 2010 – Fenway Park in Boston, MA
- 2011 – Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA
- 2012 – Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
- 2014 – Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI
- 2015 – Nationals Park in Washington, DC
- 2015 – Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA
- 2017 – Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
- 2018 – Citi Field in Queens, NY
- 2019 – Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, IN
The 2020 game already on the books and many are excited for the game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX.
Along with the Winter Classic, the NHL has also expanded to host the NHL Heritage Classic and NHL Stadium Series. These outdoor games have brought hockey to even more locations such as Dodger Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Soldier Field, Levi’s Stadium, Coors Field, and Lincoln Financial Field.
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