Washington Capitals: The NHL Has Committed to a Winter Classic in the DC Area

December 27th, 2010 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
As New Year's Day approaches, so to does the 2011 Winter Classic. This year’s game will be held at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field and feature the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Once the game ends, rumors will begin to swirl about where the 2012 will be held and what two teams will play in the game.

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis has been trying to lure the Winter Classic to the Washington D.C. area since the first Winter Classic game took place in Buffalo on Jan. 1, 2008.

Leonsis began lobbying for a game in the United States capital before the first Classic was over, emailing NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about his desire to host the game.

Leonsis told the Pittsburgh Tribune, "It really hit me how perfectly it captured all that is right and beautiful with the game. To see these professional players play with such exuberance and joy, and they really wanted to win. There was really something about the game and the fans, the way it was snowing. It was goosebump-inducing.”

Bill Daly, the NHL’s deputy commissioner, spoke to the press before the Capitals and Penguins played in Washington D.C. on ...

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