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Capitals will host Blackhawks in Winter Classic

Jun 22, 2014, 4:34 PM EDT

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook (7) and Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), from Sweden, go for the puck in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, April 11, 2014, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) AP

The 2014-15 NHL schedule is out and one of the obvious highlights will be the 2015 Winter Classic.

We already knew that the Washington Capitals were going to host the event, but the NHL has confirmed that the Chicago Blackhawks will be their opponents. The game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET on Thursday Jan. 1.

Unlike previous Winter Classics, next year’s game will pit two teams from separate conferences against each other. It’s also the first Classic that will feature a pair of squads that have previously participated in the annual event.

Although this is the Capitals’ first time hosting an outdoor game, they beat Pittsburgh in the 2011 Winter Classic. Meanwhile, Chicago hosted the 2009 Winter Classic and took part in the 2014 Stadium Series. The Blackhawks lost 6-4 to Detroit in the Classic, but they beat the Penguins 5-1 in their last outdoor game.

  1. tfilarski - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    do they know where it will be played yet?

  2. strictlythedanks - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:03 PM


  3. sjsharks66 - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Lame… Can we get some new teams in it for once? Like the Avs vs Minn or something?

  4. President Charles Logan - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:16 PM


  5. afrancis55 - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    So two teams who’ve already played in winter classics, and are on nbc ALL THE TIME get this years Winter classic?

    Thanks Bettman

  6. comeonnowguys - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    If you’re going to do the Hawks again, why not against one the Central teams? That division in some going to be ridiculous next year, and a game against the Blues, Avalanche or Wild–all cold-weather teams doing well or on the uptick–would be great hosts.

    Capitals? Really?

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:33 PM

      New keyboard sees “is” as in some, apparently.

    • strictlythedanks - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      absolutely, the central is stacked

  7. nightfireop - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    well this is gonna be boring…i don’t care if you’re a hawks fan or a caps fan, there’s no natural or even a historic rivalry from these teams.

    • chicagobtech - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      Obama’s home versus where Obama’s from? Best I can come up with on a Monday morning.

  8. howintensive - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    Capitals-Blues would also be very entertaining, and would feature a new team in the WC. Or Caps-Kings. Or Caps-Blue Jackets. Or ANYTHING other than Chicago.

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Why Washington with anyone?

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:17 AM


  9. purpleguy - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    When will the NHL realize that Ovechkin and the Caps aren’t really a draw at this timen? Heck, I question if he’s even a draw with eastern Europeans anymore.

  10. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Is there some kind of connection between Chicago/Washington I don’t know about? Seems pretty dumb to put these two teams together

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 22, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Obama is the “President?”

      • nightfireop - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:18 PM

        you know what now that you said that, that actually makes aLOT of sense….the president of the united states himself ordered this classic…lol

      • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        Hahah the capitals his home town team currently vs his childhood hometown team. Obama figured he already ruined the country so he’d move onto hockey an mess up the winter classic. What a boring matchup, such a random team selection. Hopefully they didn’t do the flyers cause they’re holding off for the flyers/ penguins classic or stadium series

      • chicagobtech - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        Childhood hometown team? Hawaii cities have hockey teams? 😉 Obama didn’t get to Chicago until his twenties.

  11. capsnbohs23 - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Are people forgetting that after the caps last WC they were promised to host one? why are you people shocked at this news

    • nightfireop - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      because 1) there are so many other potential markets that can hold a winter classic and generate just as much interest if not more 2) what other teams besides the penguins do the caps really have a good rivalry against 3) the caps are no longer the “team to watch” for anyone outside of washington dc.

      • capsnbohs23 - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        If they are no longer a team to watch then dont watch it

      • nightfireop - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:07 AM

        to be more specific, this is going to be the first time in nhl history where fans outside of dc and chi aren’t going to run to their calendars and mark the date. it’s just ……… hardly a ringer.

        another guy said earlier that this is obama’s classic, now THAT would make more sense. :)

  12. Hard to BeLeaf - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    This is why people stopped caring about outdoor games. Too many of the same teams keep getting them. Repetitiveness = Boringness.

    Took forever for Toronto to finally be in one, So I feel your pain Minnesota and Colorado fans.

  13. billiam55 - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    boring. boring. boring, boring

  14. avscup - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    So lame. MN should be the next host. So much more history and fan base than Washington. Denver also!

  15. jkulha86 - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Such a strange matchup. I understand you have the big names of Ovie, Toews, and Kane, but the Caps playing a conference rival would’ve made more sense. Lightning vs Caps would’ve been a better choice. You have star power with Stamkos and Ovie, and you have a conference rivalry game.

  16. darksidecowboy - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Yawn, wake me when the NHL picks a new team. I’d rather watch Caps verse Montreal. We’re all getting tired of seeing Toews and company.

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