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'Road to the NHL Winter Classic' returns Dec. 19

Three-episode docuseries will chronicle preparations by Bruins, Blackhawks for Jan. 1 outdoor game

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL

NEW YORK - The critically-acclaimed Road To The NHL Winter Classic™ docuseries will return to take viewers inside the dressing rooms and homes of the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks as they prepare to meet outdoors at Notre Dame Stadium in the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on Jan. 1, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The three-week, limited series will premiere on Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the U.S. on NBCSN at 11:30 p.m. ET, immediately following the Wednesday Night Hockey broadcast of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals game. Fans in Canada will be able to view the first episode on Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. ET on SN360. 

The series will be produced by Ross Greenburg Productions in association with NHL Original Productions. The executive producers on the series are 54-time Sports Emmy® Award-winning producer Ross Greenburg, who pioneered the sports documentary series genre, and NHL Chief Content Officer Steve Mayer. Emmy and Tony Award-nominated actor Bill Camp will narrate the series.

The weekly show will conclude with a special one-hour finale on Sunday, Jan. 6, on NBCSN, and on Monday, Jan. 7, on SN1.

Full episodes later will air on NHL Network™ and be available for viewing on as well as the NHL's channels on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. The series also will air outside North America via international broadcast partners Fox Sports Netherlands, Mtel, Premier/FreeSports, SpilerTV, Teleclub, Nova Sport, CCTV China and Viasat channels in the Nordics.

For additional details on the series and to view the trailer, fans can visit


"Road To The NHL Winter Classic" on NBCSN (All Times Eastern)

Episode 1 - Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 11:30 p.m. immediately following Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals

Episode 2 - Wednesday, Dec. 27, at 5:30 p.m.

Season Finale - Sunday, Jan. 6, at 11:30 p.m. immediately following Chicago Blackhawks-Pittsburgh Penguins


"Road To The NHL Winter Classic" on Sportsnet (All Times Eastern)

Episode 1 - Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. (SN360)

Episode 2 - Friday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. (SN360)

Season Finale - Monday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m. (SN1)


"Road To The NHL Winter Classic" presented by Honda on NHL Network (All Times Eastern)

Episode 1 - Monday, Dec. 24, at 8 p.m.

Episode 2 - Sunday, Dec. 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Season Finale - Monday, Jan. 7, at 10 p.m. immediately following St. Louis Blues-Philadelphia Flyers


The New Year's Day game will be Chicago's fourth NHL Winter Classic appearance and Boston's third. The Blackhawks' previous appearances include the 2009 game against the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field as well as road trips to play the Washington Capitals in 2015 at Nationals Park and the St. Louis Blues in 2017 at Busch Stadium. The Bruins hosted their two previous NHL Winter Classic games, against the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park in 2010 and the Montreal Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in 2016.

The 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be broadcast live from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., on New Year's Day at 1 p.m. ET on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports. A limited number of tickets to the game still are available at and the Ticketmaster app, the official ticketing partner of the NHL®. Fans can join the conversation via the official hashtag NHL #WinterClassic. For full event details, fans should visit

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