The NHL has had such success with their Winter Classic game that they wanted to expand the outdoor-game roster.
The Chicago Blackhawks will host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field on March 1, 2014, the league announced today. The game is part of a Stadium Series, a group of regular-season outdoor games planned for the 2013-14 season. TSN first reported the series, and the Blackhawks’ involvement in it, a few weeks ago.
The Blackhawks-Penguins game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT start.
“The Chicago Blackhawks are privileged to be included in the National Hockey League’s Stadium Series,” said Blackhawks president John McDonough said in a statement. “Hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins at iconic Soldier Field promises to be a unique experience for our organization and our fans.”
The Blackhawks hosted the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day 2010, losing to longtime Central Division rival Detroit.
“Returning hockey to where it originated, in the cold elements of an outdoor rink, by playing at Soldier Field in Chicago will no doubt be a game the players will have circled on next season's schedule,” said Mathieu Schneider, NHLPA Special assistant to the executive director. “This will be a great event for hockey fans in Chicago and Pittsburgh, and one that they won't soon forget.”
TSN reported in mid-April the other Stadium Series games, which have yet to be officially announced by the NHL:
• Ducks vs. Kings at Dodger Stadium, Jan. 25
• Devils vs. Rangers at Yankee Stadium, Jan. 26
• Islanders vs. Rangers at Yankee Stadium, Jan. 29
• Senators at Canucks, BC Place, March 2