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Crosby, Ovechkin to meet in next year's Winter Classic, Canada gets second outdoor game

May 27, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

crosbovechkin.jpgRumors were swirling about next year’s outdoor games for quite some time, but now it’s just about official. There will be two during the 2009-10 season. The first will take the traditional Winter Classic spot on New Year’s Day 2011 and will feature a bout between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals at Heinz Field. Canada will receive a second outdoor game, with the Montreal Canadiens visiting the Calgary Flames at McMahon Stadium sometime in February.

(Source: TSN)

The Winter Classic is one of the league’s flagship moments, transcending the sport with casual fans as much as – if not more than – the All-Star Game and Stanley Cup finals. Some people might be upset that the Winter Classic will feature Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin’s teams, but I look at it as more or less inevitable.

And, really, if the event keeps drawing eyes and widespread media attention, then the New York Rangers of the world will get their due. So, just relax hockey diehards. Justice will come your way soon enough.

Meanwhile, the rest of us can just enjoy the show.

  1. Pens again??? - May 27, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    Why do the Penguins get to play in another Winter Classic? Twice in three years? Give me a break!! I guess the NHL hierarchy want to shove more of Sidney Crosby and crew down the throats of NHL fans. No thanks, I’ll pass.

  2. Pens again-part two - May 27, 2010 at 10:18 PM

    My bad- two times in four years. It’s still a joke.

  3. jmv5010 - May 28, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    James and PHT crew,
    Can you shed any light on if Pittsburgh stepped up and volunteered to go to Buffalo for the first Winter Classic? Rumors are all over the internet saying other owners didn’t want to be the away team and shied away from the thought. Any truth to that?

  4. Anonymous - May 28, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    It has something to do with Sid, but its more directed towards the rivalry between Sid and Ovy. A regular season game between them brings in a lot more viewers, let alone a winter classic game. The NHL hierarchy isnt trying to shove the Pens down our throats (although Im not opposed to it, GO PENS), they are trying to shove money down their pockets. Not like anyone wants to watch the Columbus Blue Jackets play…

  5. Pittsburgh FTL - May 28, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    UGH. I knew this was coming, but as a Caps fan I was really hoping they would play their Winter Classic up in New York. Who on earth would want to spend New Year’s Eve in Pittsburgh?

  6. Sax from Pittsburgh - May 28, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    think you guys are missing the bigger picture. and that is the NHL being stupid. Crosby and Ovie are the stars. they are the ratings. this is a good idea. Whats stupid is to have a 2nd outdoor game. are we going to have 3 next year, 4 after that? Just like putting hockey in Atlanta, Nashville, and Arizona was a bad idea to “grow the game.” multiple out door games will take away from whats special about the winter classic.
    Rangers fan… i bet you get Devils VS Rangers in the new stadium next year!

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