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NHL Winter Classic

Ryan O'Reilly of Sabres already primed for 2018 Winter Classic

Buffalo forward, teammates to play against Rangers at Citi Field

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

PARIS -- Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly said he's excited to take his game outdoors.

O'Reilly and the Sabres will play the New York Rangers in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2018, at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

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Short Shifts

Sabres pumped to be playing Rangers in Winter Classic at Citi Field

In-state rivals will face off for big outdoor game on New Year's Day @NHL

Summer is beginning its approach in New York City, but everyone was talking about winter in the Big Apple on Tuesday.

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Press Release

NHL Winter Classic to feature Rangers, Sabres at Citi Field

Outdoor game to be held in New York on Jan. 1, 2018

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL /

NEW YORK -- The 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Buffalo Sabres® and New York Rangers® on Jan. 1, 2018 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The New Year's Day game will be broadcast live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m. ET.

"The Winter Classic made its debut under snowy Buffalo skies in 2008, and we look forward to celebrating the 10th anniversary of that landmark event by matching the Sabres with their intrastate rivals, the New York Rangers, in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "With New York City as its host, the renewal of our New Year's tradition will continue to inspire hockey memories for our clubs, our players and our fans."

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Road to NHL Outdoor Classics

Brian Campbell, family visits Santa Claus

Blackhawks defenseman shares special moment in Episode 3 of EPIX Presents Road to the Outdoor Classics @NHL

EPIX Bonus: Campbells visit Santa

Episode 3 Bonus: Campbell and family visit Santa

In this bonus scene from episode 3 of Road to the Outdoor Classics, Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell and his family visit with Santa Claus

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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell brought his wife, Lauren, and two daughters to visit Santa Claus in Episode 3 of EPIX Presents Road to the NHL Outdoor Classics.

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NHL Winter Classic

Diary of Centennial, Winter Classics's Dan Rosen shares experience of covering outdoor games

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

The assignment: Attend and cover two outdoor NHL games that begin less than 24 hours apart in two different countries.

The experience: Unique.

The result: Success -- at least that's what I'm going with, but I might be biased.

When the boss gives you the opportunity to cover the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic in Toronto on Sunday and the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in St. Louis on Monday you don't say no. You appreciate the chance to do something so few people get to do.

So I did it, and I kept a diary along the way, from the time I arrived at Exhibition Stadium through the time I left Busch Stadium. 

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Ryan Reaves shares on-ice view of Winter Classic win

Blues forward takes cell phone video following victory against Blackhawks @NHL

St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reaves phoned it in at the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Literally.

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NHL Winter Classic

St. Louis wins twice with Winter Classic

Blues defeat Blackhawks, city shines under threat of bad weather

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- For most of a drizzly Monday afternoon, there was not a clear view of the Gateway Arch.

The famous symbol of St. Louis was shrouded in fog, partially in and out of view. But that was about the only thing missing at the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium.

St. Louis won on all accounts -- its Blues against a Central Division rival and against ominous weather forecasts.

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NHL Winter Classic

10 memorable moments from Centennial, Winter Classics

From Maple Leafs wanting to stay on ice all day to Vladimir Tarasenko boosting Blues

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

And so the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks move back indoors. They move back into the comforts of climate-friendly arenas. They move back into their sense of normalcy.

Before they do, let's take a look back at the highlights of a New Year's weekend featuring a 5-4 overtime win for the Maple Leafs against the Red Wings in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic at Exhibition Stadium on Sunday and a 4-1 win for the Blues against the Blackhawks in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Busch Stadium on Monday.

Here are the top 10 most memorable moments, in chronological order:

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NHL Winter Classic

Niklas Hjalmarsson victim of bad bounce

Blackhawks defenseman doesn't get puck luck in loss to Blues at Winter Classic

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / Senior Managing Editor

ST. LOUIS -- If anyone wanted to create an instructional video for defensemen on how to defend a 3-on-1 break, using a clip of Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson in the third period of the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Monday would be a great place to start.

And if you wanted to add in the importance of shot blocking and bravery in the same video, showing Hjalmarsson's effort earlier in the third period would be front and center as well.

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Winter Classic postcard's Shawn Roarke privileged to be able to witness spectacular game at Busch Stadium

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / Director of Editorial

ST. LOUIS -- The Winter Classic is over.

Like all major events, the ending comes abruptly and unexpectedly, often accompanied by a bit of sadness.

Everyone involved invests so much for so long into making these marquee events happen that it is shocking when the finish line is reached.

It is a privilege to know how much work across the board went into making this Winter Classic a success. I have colleagues, not only with, but throughout the League office, who invested their substantial energies into making this happen.

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