NEW YORK - The NHL® reminds fans that tickets to the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Notre Dame Stadium between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins will go on sale to the public today at 11 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.com and the Ticketmaster app, the official ticketing partner of the NHL®. Fans can purchase tickets safely and securely on Ticketmaster and the NHL Ticket Exchange™, with the peace of mind in knowing that the specific seats they buy are the seats they'll get. Through the NHL Ticket Exchange™, tickets transferred or resold to new fans are 100% Ticketmaster verified. This provides a level of security that no other marketplace can match.
In November, the NHL announced the Blackhawks and Bruins will play in the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Jan. 1, 2019, at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., home of the Fighting Irish. The game will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m. ET. The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® continues the tradition the League established in 2008 of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the new year.
The New Year's Day matchup will be Chicago's fourth NHL Winter Classic® appearance and Boston's third. The Chicago Blackhawks previous NHL Winter Classic® games include hosting the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in 2009 (6-4 loss); a road trip to play the Washington Capitals in 2015 at Nationals Park (3-2 loss); and a matchup against the St. Louis Blues in 2017 at Busch Stadium (4-1 loss). The Boston Bruins were the home club in their two NHL Winter Classic® games; a 2-1 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park in 2010 and a 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in 2016 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
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The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will showcase a host of the top talent in the NHL. The Blackhawks roster includes several NHL All-Stars, including captain Jonathan Toews, forward Patrick Kane and defenseman Duncan Keith, who have been a core of their three recent Stanley Cup® championships (2009-10, 2012-13, 2014-15). Four Bruins players remain from the team that faced off both against the Flyers at Fenway Park in 2010 and the Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in 2016: captain Zdeno Chara, forwards Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, and goaltender Tuukka Rask. All four players were part of Boston's 2011 Stanley Cup® championship. In addition, Blackhawks Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 and Bruins forward Anders Bjork was an All-American for the Fighting Irish in 2017.
The Original Six™ clubs have had 588 regular-season meetings, with Boston holding a 48-point edge over Chicago since the 1926-1927 season (Chicago 243-264-81-567, Boston 266-239-83-615). They have faced off in seven Stanley Cup® Playoffs series, five of which the Bruins have won. Most recently, the two clubs met in the Stanley Cup® Final in 2013, where Chicago defeated Boston in the series 4-2 when Dave Bolland tallied the game-winning goal at 19:01 in the third period of Game 6 - the latest Stanley Cup® game-winner scored in regulation. In addition to the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, Chicago and Boston will matchup for a second time during the 2018-19 season on Feb. 12 at TD Garden in Boston.
Information on the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® is available on www.NHL.com/WinterClassic. NHL Network™ and NHL.com will provide extensive coverage live from the event leading up to and after the game. NHL Social™ will provide coverage on all social platforms, including the use of the hashtag NHL #WinterClassic.