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Anticipation high, Winter Classic beginning to take shape for Stars

Dallas gets its first chance to truly imagine what outdoor hockey will look like at Cotton Bowl Stadium

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

Gary Bettman joked when he was asked Wednesday if he ever imagined the Winter Classic coming to the Cotton Bowl.

"Oh sure," the NHL Commissioner quipped, "I knew it all along."

The uniqueness of playing an outdoor hockey game in a 90-year-old football stadium in Dallas, Texas was at the center of the discussion when the league held its official press conference to announce that ticket sales to the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic would begin on April 23.

The fact that the 12th NHL Winter Classic will be held in a southern venue with two teams who have never before played an outdoor game -- Dallas and Nashville -- is one of the reasons the game is happening.

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NHL Winter Classic® tickets to go on sale Tuesday, April 23

Fans interested in attending the Jan. 1, 2020 game at Cotton Bowl® Stadium can sign up for a special ticket presale

by Press Release @PR_NHL / NHL Public Relations

DALLAS -- The NHL announced today that tickets to the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium between the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, April 23. Fans can sign up for a ticket presale by clicking here.

Today's announcement was made at Cotton Bowl Stadium at an event attended by representatives from the NHL, NHLPA, Bridgestone, Dallas Fair Park, Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars, including captain Jamie Benn, forward Tyler Seguin, goaltender Ben Bishop and defensemen John Klingberg and Miro Heiskanen.

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Stars, NHL to hold Winter Classic press conference on March 20

The press event at Cotton Bowl Stadium will be shown live on FOX Sports Southwest and NHL Network

by Press Release @PR_NHL / NHL Public Relations

DALLAS -- The National Hockey League (NHL) will hold a 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® press conference with the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators on Wednesday, March 20, at 2 p.m. CT at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.

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Predators excited to be part of unique Winter Classic in Dallas

Playing the game in Texas shows a different side of hockey fans, and Nashville amps up that concept

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As much as the Winter Classic is going to mean a lot to the City of Dallas and the Stars, it's also a pretty big deal for the Nashville Predators.

The Stars were announced as the host of the 2020 Winter Classic outdoor hockey game at Cotton Bowl Stadium on New Year's Day, and the Predators were announced as the opponent during the All-Star Game weekend. Making this a Sunbelt Classic means a lot to both organizations, as they are getting exposure and recognition that has often been reserved for more traditional teams in the past.

"I've never played in one and I don't think many of our players here have played in one, so I think it's awesome," said Nashville captain Roman Josi. "I think it will be a new thing for a lot of people."

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Opportunity for something great

Stars and Predators have unique opportunity leading up to Winter Classic

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The old saying is that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

That can apply in so many different ways for the Dallas Stars and the Winter Classic.

The Stars management team pushed and prepared to make a unique proposal to the NHL to bring the traditional outdoor game to Dallas so it could be played at the iconic Cotton Bowl. They were lucky when the league agreed that would be a good idea.

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2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will feature the Stars and Predators

The game will mark the first NHL regular-season outdoor game for both Dallas and Nashville

by Press Release @DallasStars / DallasStars.com

The National Hockey League announced today that the Dallas Stars will face-off against the Nashville Predators in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. Earlier this month, the NHL announced that the Dallas Stars would host the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas, on Jan. 1, 2020; today the League announced the Predators as the Stars' opponent for the outdoor game.

The 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will mark the first NHL regular-season outdoor game for both the Stars and the Predators. The game continues the tradition the League established in 2008 of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the new year, with the 2020 edition marking the 12-year anniversary of the first NHL Winter Classic in Buffalo.

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'Good memories': Winter Classic takes Stars back to their roots

Whether a veteran of NHL outdoor games or backyard rinks, Dallas' players agree: This will be special

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

When the Winter Classic comes to Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas next Jan. 1, it will be the latest of the games designed to take hockey back to its roots -- the outdoors, frozen ponds and lakes, and backyard rinks.

"That's good memories," said Stars defenseman John Klingberg. "That's how you started playing, right?"

Those outdoor roots vary, depending on where players began lacing up the skates.  

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Hey Heika: What will Stars' Winter Classic jerseys look like?

DallasStars.com senior staff writer Mike Heika answers Twitter questions from fans in his latest mailbag

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

It has been a while since we conversed under the Twitter format of #HeyHeika, so let's do so today. Lots of good questions as the Stars pass the midway point and start thinking about a strong finish and a possible trade.

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Rinky Dinking Podcast: Who should be Stars' opponent in Winter Classic?

Razor and Heika talk uniforms for the Winter Classic, some names to watch at the trade deadline and more

by Daryl Reaugh and Mike Heika / Rinky Dinking Podcast

On the road in St. Louis, Daryl 'Razor' Reaugh and Mike Heika discuss the NHL Winter Classic coming to Dallas in 2020. The guys debate who the Stars' opponent should be and what their uniforms could look like for the big game.

Also, breaking down the rise of Finnish hockey players, Alex Ovechkin's decision to skip All-Star Weekend in San Jose and who the Stars might be interested in acquiring come trade deadline time.

'Rinky Dinking' is available now for download on iTunes, Spotify and DallasStars.com.

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NHL aims to highlight best of Stars, Dallas at Winter Classic

The league hopes to produce a spectacle that makes the 2020 event at Cotton Bowl Stadium more than just a game

by Mike Heika @MikeHeika / Senior Staff Writer

The Winter Classic is a combined effort between the league, an NHL team, and the host city, and Steve Mayer has a big job in bringing together all of those elements.

The Chief Content Officer for the NHL is busy juggling Winter Classics and All-Star Games and Stadium Series events, so he's got a lot of chainsaws flipping through the air. But in doing so, he says his first goal is to make every one of these events unique.

That's one reason the NHL decided to hold the 2020 Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Mayer said.

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