Blackhawks, Bruins will take it outside for 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic

The Chicago Blackhawks will play host to the Boston Bruins for the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.  This will be the fourth time the the Blackhawks will be playing outside on New Years’ Day, and it will be the third time for the Bruins.  This time around, the Winter Classic will be played at Notre Dame Stadium, home of the Notre Dame University Fighting Irish.

The Blackhawks have an 0-3-0 record as far the Winter Classic is concerned, losing 6-4 to the Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues.  If you include the two Stadium Series that they participated in, the record improves to a modest 1-4-0, winning against the Pittsburgh Penguins and losing to the Minnesota Wild.  The Bruins have a 1-1-0 record, winning against the Philadelphia Flyers and losing to the Montreal Canadiens.

This will be the second time the Blackhawks will be hosting the Winter Classic, hosting the Red Wings at Wrigley Field back in 2009.  This will be the first time the Bruins will be the away team, hosting the Flyers at Fenway Park back in 2010 and the Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough back in 2016.

“The Blackhawks and Bruins, two of our most historic franchises, will be meeting outdoors for the first time at the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Notre Dame Stadium, with its capacity approaching 80,000, will provide an ideal setting for this ground-breaking event and will host the largest live audience ever to witness a game by either of these teams.”

“The Chicago Blackhawks are honored to be participating in this marquee event at an iconic venue like Notre Dame Stadium,” said John McDonough, President & CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks. “The University of Notre Dame has strong alumni roots in both Chicago and Boston, and, with an established rivalry between the Blackhawks and Bruins, fans will be treated to an exciting game in a unique atmosphere. We appreciate the invitation to the game and look forward to what will be a great day for both franchises and the National Hockey League.”

Both the Blackhawks and the Bruins have strong ties to Notre Dame.  Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman graduated from the university in 1995, and the team has held parts of their training camps at Compton  Family Ice Arena.  Former Bruins player Dave Poulin played for the Irish from 1978 to 1982 and was head coach for 10 years.

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