NHL Winter Classic Schedule
The NHL season is starting up and that can only mean one thing, the NHL Winter Classic
is right around the corner. Always one of the most exciting and anticipated games of the year the NHL Winter Classic is an
outdoor contest played between two of the hottest teams in the NHL. Seeing an NHL game indoors is always a thrill but when
you have the chance to catch world class hockey outside, in the cold as it was meant to be played, it is an experience that
simply cannot be matched. The game has been held since 2008 and each year seems to grow in popularity. If you are planning
on attending the NHL Winter Classic be sure to get your tickets from StubHub early to be sure you can be right up front next
to all of the action.
The 2015 NHL Winter Classic will be held at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. and will feature
the Washington Capitals taking on the Chicago Blackhawks The game will be played on New Year's Day with the puck dropping
for the opening face off at 1:00 PM. Both of these teams have a rabid fan base and there will be Caps and 'Hawks fans coming
ion from all over the country to see this incredible game. Start making the necessary plans to be in Washington, D.C. on January
1st so you can be part of all the excitement.
NHL Winter Classic History
The 2015 NHL Winter Classic will
be the 9th time the game has been played. All of the games have been played in the United States and in 2014 the Toronto Maple
Leafs became the first Canadian team to participate in the event when they defeated the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium.
The first NHL Winter Classic was played at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo and saw the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Buffalo
Sabres. Over the years the game has become one of the most popular dates on the entire NHL schedule.
Washington Capitals have been in the NHL since 1974, but have yet to bring home a coveted Stanley Cup Championship. They won
the Eastern Conference Championship in 1998 and made it to the Stanley Cup Finals but lost to the Detroit Red Wings who won
their second straight championship that year. The following year, the Caps fell into a bit of disarray and began a downward
trend that was eventually began to turn things around by drafting Russian phenomena Alexander Ovechkin. These days the Caps
are among the best teams in the Eastern Conference and are always a threat in the postseason. The Chicago Blackhawks formed
in 1926 and joined the NHL during its first season as one of the Original Six franchises. The Blackhawks have won five Stanley
Cup Championships including last year's and are looking to defend the title successfully in the 2014 NHL Playoffs. The Blackhawks
also won the President's Trophy last year, only the second in the history of the franchise, the other being in the 1990-1991
season. The Blackhawks first reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1931 but came up short and it was not until 1934 that they
won their first championship. The Blackhawks would win again in 1938, but it would not be until the 1960-1961 season that
the Blackhawks would once again win the Stanley Cup. It was another long wait for a championship in Chicago after 1961 when
despite having great teams in the early Nineties behind Ed Belfour and Jeremy Roenick and the like, the Blackhawks would not
win their next Stanley Cup until 2010. In recent years the Blackhawks have been one of the most dominant teams in the NHL
and were the last team standing in the 2013 NHL Playoffs.
Hockey fans in general are some
of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches the fanaticism surrounding the NHL playoffs and fans
of the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks are some of the most dedicated and vociferous fans in the entire NHL.
On game day at Wells Fargo Center the fans file in and take their seats and that is when the cheering and chanting begins.
As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy. Finally both teams
are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays of speed and
agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world class college
hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and giving high
fives and you will already be planning a return trip. If you thought regular season NHL games were exciting, just wait until
you experience an NHL Winter Classic game live and in person.
The Detroit Red Wings scored the
most goal in an NHL Winter Classic to date when they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-4 at Wrigley Field in 2009.