2010 Winter Classic: Boston


UPDATE: The Boston Globe is now confirming this story. Still waiting to hear confirmation from the NHL. Wondering if the Bruins may announce it tonight at the Habs/B’s game.

ESPN.com is now also confirming the 2010 Winter Classic will be in Boston. Still waiting on the NHL.

I’m sure you have noticed, but it’s been super busy outside the Loge the past 2 weeks thus the lack of conent. We apologize, and will be back in full force next week. Anyway, I came across this article on Stanley Cup of Chowder today and was super stoked. According to the Boston Herald, the Boston Bruins and Fenway Park will host the 2010 Winter Classic on New Years Day. While the opponent has not been set, I hope it’s the Canadiens, there has been rumor it will be the New York Rangers. More coverage here. Thekiid had the chance to check out Chicago host Detroit in the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley field, unreal experience. It’s really something the NHL has to do annually.

From the Boston Herald:

Don’t breathe a word of this. Because nobody’s supposed to know. But the Boston Bruins will host the NHL’s Winter Classic outdoor hockey game against an unnamed opponent Jan. 1 at Fenway Park [map]!

Our spies on Lansdowne Street say the League has given its blessing to a 2010 New Year’s Day game in the Hub of Hockey, choosing Boston over New York and Philadelphia.

League reps had visited all three cities and, in Boston, looked at both Fenway and Gillette Stadium . However, scheduling around any Patriots post-season play was a tricky proposition, we’re told, and ultimately Fenway got the nod.

Word is, John Henry & Co. tried to get the hockey game that went to Wrigley Field in Chicago earlier this year. That Winter Classic tilt, between the Chicago Black Hawks and the Detroit Red Wings, drew 41,000 hockey fans to the home of the Chicago Cubs .

“The Red Sox [team stats] were mad that they were one-upped this year so they get it next year,” said our spy.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has also been pushing for an outdoor game here. “I’d love to have the game – period,” he has said. “It would be a coup.”

According to earlier reports, the Bruins most likely opponent would be would either the Canadiens or the Rangers, but our sources say the visiting team hasn’t been chosen yet.

Word is, the NHL ice gods need just 10 days of cooperative (read: freezing) weather to install a professional sheet of ice at Fenway then the puck can drop.

File Under: Frozen Treat.

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