NHL Winter Classic Tickets
NHL Winter Classic Schedule
Anyone hoping to catch the NHL from a completely different angle just needs to turn up at the NHL Winter Classic, where you can find one of the biggest hockey spectacles of the year. Played outdoors in the heart of winter, NHL Winter Classic tickets take fans to the root of the sport for the most heavily attended games in the league's history. In 2016, the NHL Winter Classic again had an enormous crowd of more than 67,000 fans, creating an amazing atmosphere at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough for a matchup between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.
Following in the footsteps of the series of terrific games that have already been played, the 2017 NHL Winter Classic will pit the Chicago Blackhawks against the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium in the Blues' hometown. Thanks to the type of star power and anticipation that comes together for every Winter Classic, fans turn up hoping to see a unique NHL game that has an unforgettable backdrop filled with tens of thousands of other fans. It also doesn't hurt that these games only go down at some of the most famous sports venues in the country, adding an extra layer of excitement to a game that already has plenty.
NHL Winter Classic Event Info
Even though all regular season hockey games come with quite a bit of intensity, everything feels a little bit different when the Winter Classic gets underway. Many hockey players grow up learning the game outdoors, which makes it a naturally nostalgic hockey celebration that brings together major rivalries that also mean quite a bit in terms of the standings. To date, the Washington Capitals have been the most dominant team in the Classic's history, as they were the first to notch two wins by beating Pittsburgh in 2011 and Chicago in 2015. For the 2017 matchup, it will be the Blackhawks looking to pull down their first win at the Winter Classic when they take on the St. Louis Blues, bringing together a Midwestern rivalry that is sure to bring fans from all over to Busch Stadium.
NHL Winter Classic History
Just about everyone around hockey knew that the NHL was onto something the league launched the Winter Classic in 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, although the fanfare actually surpassed high expectations. More than 71,000 fans turned up to catch the Pittsburgh Penguins take down the hometown Sabres in overtime, with Sidney Crosby netting the game-winner in a shootout to set the precedent. From there, the Winter Classic quickly turned into a bit of a phenomenon as it made the rounds to many of the biggest stadiums in the country, including a 2014 matchup that brought in more than 105,000 fans to Michigan Stadium to catch the Maple Leafs take down the Red Wings. In a little less than a decade, the Winter Classic has made the rounds and has emerged as one of the highlights of a long NHL regular season.
NHL Winter Classic Trivia
Which team holds the record for most goals at the NHL Winter Classic?
In 2009, Wrigley Field hosted an offense-heavy matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and the hometown Chicago Blackhawks. In the end, the Red Wings proved to have too much offense for the Blackhawks on their way to winning 6-4 and setting the Winter Classic's record.
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