Rather than pitting a traditional rival like the Philadelphia Flyers against the Washington Capitals in the 2015 Winter Classic, the NHL has decided to go in a different direction.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported Friday morning that the Chicago Blackhawks will be the visiting team for this year’s edition of the NHL’s annual outdoor showcase, which the Capitals will host.
The venue for the New Year’s Day event has not yet been announced, with several stadiums in the D.C. area, including FedEx Field, RFK Stadium and even Baltimore’s Camden Yards, reportedly being considered. Nationals Park, however, is the “leading candidate,” according McKenzie and several other reports.
Brian Jennings, the NHL’s executive vice president marketing, told the Washington Business Journal on Thursday that the league will announce the venue as soon as the final details are ironed out.
“It will be soon,” Jennings said. “We are still working on the final agreement.”
The 2014 Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings drew 105,491 fans to Michigan Stadium, a record for an NHL game.