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NHL to Host 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Press Event on July 29

by Caryn Switaj / Boston Bruins

BostonBruins.com - The puck will drop on the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® in about five months at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass, when the Bruins face off against the Montreal Canadiens on New Year’s Day.

In anticipation of the outdoor game between the two longtime rivals, the NHL is hosting a press event at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, July 29.

The event, which is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. ET, will feature League personnel, as well as representatives from the Bruins and Canadiens.

Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs will be on hand, along with Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs, Bruins President Cam Neely, Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney, New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, and Bruins players Patrice Bergeron, Torey Krug and Jimmy Hayes.

Those in attendance will also include: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman; NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins; NHLPA Divisional Player Representative Steve Webb; Montreal Canadiens Owner/President/CEO Geoff Molson; Montreal Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin; Bridgestone Vice President of Sports/Events Marketing Phil Pacsi; Montreal Canadiens Player Brian Flynn; Montreal Canadiens Alum & HHOF member Yvan Cournoyer.

BostonBruins.com will provide full coverage during and after the event through the website, Boston Bruins Mobile App, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Periscope.

A live stream of the event will be available online. Stay tuned to BostonBruins.com and on Twitter @NHLBruins for the link to the stream.

“I’m personally very proud that the Bruins have got an opportunity to do this, especially against the Canadiens, which is one of the greatest rivalries in all sports - not just in hockey - so it's something very special,” Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs said on Jan. 24, 2015 in Columbus during NHL All-Star Weekend, when the League officially announced that the Bruins would be hosting the game.

“I’m proud of the fact that they chose us. I'm proud of the what the Bruins mean to the League and what the Bruins mean to Boston.”

“Playing at Gillette gives us an opportunity to expose a lot more fans than we had the last go-round, though Fenway's a very hard venue to compete with, as far as the popularity, the intimacy," he continued. "This one, we've got an opportunity to show our product on a broader basis. It's a wonderful sport and I'm glad we get to expose it.”

On Jan. 1, 2016, Boston will become the first NHL team to host the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® for a second time, after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime in 2010 at Fenway Park. It will mark the first time the Canadiens will be playing in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.

“I had a chance to be part of the Winter Classic in 2010 and it was a great experience,” Bergeron said after the announcement in January. “And to have it against a big rival with big history between the two teams is definitely going to be something that I'll be looking forward to.”

“This is rivalry is special, it's intense, it's exciting and it's really great that the Kraft family and the Patriots are making arrangements so that we can play at Gillette,” the Commissioner had said. “This is going to be a huge deal and we believed fans from all over, not just from Boston, are going to be very excited about this. The Bruins are a great team, a great organization and we know that Boston, because of their presence, is going to do very well with this game.”

The official hashtag for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® is #WinterClassic.

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