Chicago Blackhawks

NHL to hold 2019 Winter Classic at Notre Dame

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CHICAGO – The Winter Classic is headed to college for the second time.

The Blackhawks will meet the Boston Bruins in the Jan. 1, 2019, game at Notre Dame. The NHL also held its signature outdoor event at a college football stadium in 2014, with the Toronto Maple Leafs topping the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, in a shootout at Michigan Stadium.

“Notre Dame Stadium, with its capacity approaching 80,000, will provide an ideal setting for this ground-breaking event and will host the largest live audience ever to witness a game by either of these teams,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Saturday in a news release.

It’s the fourth Winter Classic for the Hawks, who dropped each of their first three appearances, losing, 6-4, to Detroit in the 2009 game at Wrigley Field, 3-2 to Washington in 2015 at Nationals Park and 4-1 to St. Louis this year at Busch Stadium.

The Buffalo Sabres will take on the New York Rangers in the next Winter Classic at New York City’s Citi Field.