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The Great Outdoors

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL - In 2016, the Montreal Canadiens will ring in the New Year on the NHL's biggest stage.

The Canadiens and Bruins will write the next chapter of their storied rivalry at the 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium.

The National Hockey League confirmed on Saturday that the Habs will take part in next year's 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, facing off against the Boston Bruins on January 1, 2016.

The Canadiens will become just the second Canadian team to take part in the marquee outdoor event since its 2008 debut, joining the Toronto Maple Leafs in that capacity, who faced off against the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium before a record crowd of 105,491 in 2014.

Although 2016 will mark the team's Winter Classic debut, the Habs nevertheless have experience playing in the elements, having previously taken part in the first two editions of the NHL Heritage Classic, notably besting the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 at Commonwealth Stadium in 2003 during the league's first-ever regular season outdoor game. The Canadiens currently hold a 1-1-0 record in outdoor games, after later falling 4-0 to the Calgary Flames at McMahon Stadium in 2011.

The Bruins will be playing hosts for the holidays for a second time in 2016, just six years after celebrating the New Year with a 2-1 overtime win opposite the visiting Philadelphia Flyers in 2010.

This time however, the Bruins will be trading the hallowed grounds of Fenway Park -- home of the Boston Red Sox -- for Gillette Stadium -- home of the NFL's New England Patriots, marking just the fourth time the annual event is hosted in a football stadium. Located just 40 minutes outside of Boston, Gillette Stadium can welcome up to 68,756 fans, versus the 38,112 who were in attendance in 2010 -- good news for Habs fans already looking to make the five-hour drive from Montreal to Boston to start the New Year.


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2011 Heritage Classic
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