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The 2011 NHL Winter Classic (known via corporate sponsorship as the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic) will be the fourth edition of the annual outdoor ice hockey game held by the National Hockey League (NHL) as a regular season game. The Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on January 1, 2011 at 1:00PM EST. The game will be telecast on NBC in the USA, CBC (English) and RDS (French) in Canada.
2011 Heritage ClassicEdit
The NHL is scheduled to play a second outdoor game, called the 2011 Heritage Classic between the Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames at McMahon Stadium on the campus of the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 4:00PM MST (6:00PM CDN EST). The games would mark the second time the Penguins and Canadiens have participated in outdoor games. The Penguins visited the Buffalo Sabres for the 2008 NHL Winter Classic, while the Edmonton Oilers hosted the Canadiens in the original Heritage Classic back in 2003.
As has become custom with the annual event, the teams are expected to wear vintage uniforms based on Reebok's "Edge" template. The visiting Capitals will announce and unveil their uniform at their annual convention on October 2nd in Washington, as it is expected to be a replica of their inaugural 1974-75 white uniform which they wore through the 1994-95 season. The Penguins will unveil their uniforms for this game sometime in the fall; that uniform expected to be based on their original 1967-68 uniforms, will officially replace their baby blue uniforms (first worn in the 2008 classic) as their third jersey, likely in the 2011-12 season.
- ↑ Rossi, Rob (2010-05-27). Pittsburgh set for a 'winter celebration'. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved on 2010-05-27.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 NHL to announce outdoor games in Pittsburgh, Calgary on Friday. The Sports Network (2010-05-27). Retrieved on 2010-05-27.
- ↑ MacFarlane, Steve (2010-05-27). Flames push for outdoor game. Calgary Sun. Retrieved on 2010-05-27.
- ↑ Capitals to Unveil 2011 Winter Classic Uniform at 2010 Capitals Convention, capitals.nhl.com, 14 June 2010; Retrived 22 June 2010
- ↑ New Pens' Sweater Coming in Fall, icethetics.info, 16 July 2010.
- ↑ Winter Classic Logos Unveiled, icethics.info, 27 July 2010.