Washington Capitals Officially Awarded 2015 Winter Classic

September 21st, 2013 by Mike Chiari Leave a reply »

After plenty of speculation and unconfirmed reports regarding the status of the NHL's 2015 Winter Classic, it was confirmed on Saturday that the Washington Capitals will host the event, according to the team's official Twitter account.

The announcement has been a long time coming, noted Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, as the Capitals were promised by commissioner Gary Bettman that they would receive an opportunity to host the game after participating against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011.

Katie Carrera of The Washington Post gave us these quotes from NHL COO John Collins:

While the Jan. 1, 2015 date of the game is in place, little else is known at this time. No opponent has been determined, and it is unclear where the event will take place. According to LeBrun, a few venues are being considered, including Nationals Park, RFK Stadium and FedEx Field.

Several factors have pushed back the Capitals' bid over the past couple years, including last year's lockout. The Detroit Red Wings were supposed to host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in A ...

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