NHL Winter Classic

Publication date: 22 Aug 2022

About the NHL Winter Classic

The NHL Winter Classic is an NHL regular season game. It takes place annually in early January outdoors.

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2022 NHL Winter Classic

The 2022 NHL Winter Classic was played on 1 January. Weather forecasters predicted that the temperature on that day was the lowest in the history of such games. Because of the extreme cold, the ice had to be specially heated. The match took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The Minnesota Wild lost to the St. Louis Blues with a 4:6 score.

History of the NHL Winter Classic

The history of friendly games between hockey clubs began in 1991. Back then, the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers played their first friendly outdoors.

After a while, NHL management decided to play one regular season game outdoors in early January. As part of the Winter Classic, the first game was played on 1 January 2008 between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins. More than 70,000 fans attended that game.

One of the stadiums that host regular hockey games is the Michigan Stadium (also called The Big House). This stadium holds the world record for hockey game capacity with 104,173 spectators.

Results of the previous NHL Winter Classic friendly games

The year Venue Results
2022 Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota Minnesota Wild (4:6) St. Louis Blues
2020 Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas Dallas Stars (4:2) Nashville Preadators 
2019 Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Indiana Chicago Blackhawks (2:4) Boston Bruins

2023 NHL Winter Classic

The 2023 NHL Winter Classic will be played on 2 January 2023 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts between the Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Keep an eye on the dates of the NHL Winter Classic and other events on our Sports Events Calendar.

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