Multiple Sources including The Boston Metro, The Daily Times out of Delaware County, Pennsylvania and most recently The Sports Network are reporting that the 2010 Winter Classic will be played at historic Fenway Park in Boston with the matchup being the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers on New Years Day.
Many people believed that the Washington Capitals were being pushed to face the Bruins in the next Winter Classic; however, reports indicated that NBC, who will cover the Winter Classic for the third consecutive season, wanted the Flyers because of better television ratings.
More rumors circled over another Winter Classic venue at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium for this year where the Calgary Flames would host on New Year’s Day with the opponent most likely being the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Edmonton Oilers.
Another College Outdoor Hockey Game?
While the NHL has taken the approach of having an outdoor hockey game, college hockey has seems to be doing the same thing.
Many sources, including The Boston Metro, The Daily Times and The Daily Free Press (Boston University’s Student Newspaper) are now saying that Fenway is looking at adding another hockey game, this time in the college ranks and the two rumored teams are Boston College and Boston University.
It is not known yet whether or not the game will take place on January 1, 2010 as part of the Winter Classic or not.
The first outdoor hockey game played this decade was in 2001 where Michigan State hosted archrival Michigan at Spartan Stadium and was dubbed “The Cold War.” The event still holds the largest hockey attendance for a single game at 74,544 where Michigan and Michigan State finished in a 3-3 tie. On February 11, 2006, The Wisconsin Badgers and the Ohio State Buckeyes played at Lambeau Field in the Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic. The Badgers won 4-2 in front of 40,890 fans.
One outdoor game is already confirmed for the 2009-10 season where the Wisconsin Badgers will host the Michigan Wolverines on February 6 at Camp Randall Stadium, home of Badgers football.
On December 11, 2010 Michigan and Michigan State will have a rematch of “The Cold War” this time at Michigan Stadium home of the Wolverines. The Michigan Daily, the student newspaper at The University of Michigan, confirmed this story in March of this year.