Anaheim Ducks Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres Calgary Flames Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Blackhawks Colorado Avalanche Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Edmonton Oilers Florida Panthers Los Angeles Kings Minnesota Wild Montreal Canadiens Nashville Predators New Jersey Devils New York Islanders New York Rangers Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers Phoenix Coyotes Pittsburgh Penguins San Jose St. Louis Blues Tampa Bay Lightning Toronto Maple Leafs Vancouver Canucks Washington Capitals Winnipeg Jets
Magazine Schedule Rumors Rankings Teams Headlines Lifestyle Rookie Watch Ice Girls Videos TFP Radio Subscribe
Bookmark and Share
February 6, 2014 | 2:38pm ET
Bruins to play at Gillette Stadium
By Shawn Hutcheon, TheFourthPeriod.com

BOSTON, MA -- What has been rumored for a few days is on its way to becoming a reality. The Boston Bruins will host an NHL Stadium Series game in either the 2014-2015 or 2015-2016 season.

Boston hosted the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park, a game in which the Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on the recently retired Marco Sturm's overtime game winning goal.

In addition to the Winter Classic, hosted by the Washington Capitals, next year, the NHL is planning three other outdoor games.

As I tweeted on January 29th, the Bruins would prefer to host its second outdoor contest at Gillette Stadium, home of the National Football League's New England Patriots.

Gillette Stadium is 30 miles south of Boston in the town of Foxboro, however, it has a capacity of 68,756 compared to Fenway Park's 37,400 seats.

Obviously, more seats allow for more fans through the gates and, of course, more revenue for all involved.

Bruins players have liked the idea of playing another outdoor game for quite some time.

"I think a Bruins versus Rangers at Yankee Stadium would be awesome," Shawn Thornton answered last year when asked about participating in another Winter Classic.

Milan Lucic did not play in Boston's Winter Classic due to an ankle injury and is looking forward to stepping on an outdoor arena in a Black and gold jersey.

"Well, I watched from the Red Sox clubhouse because I had an ankle injury," Lucic said in a 2012 interview. "I'd love to have the opportunity to play in an outdoor game."

Two years later, it is becoming apparent that Thornton and Lucic's wishes will come true.

According to an NHL insider, an official announcement will, most likely, be made after the Olympics with all signs pointing to a Boston hosting the Montreal Canadiens in the house that Tom Brady built.

Shawn Hutcheon is the Boston Correspondent for The Fourth Period.


Trade Deadline  Home Page | Top 25 Available Players | No-Trade/No-Movement Clauses
Extras  NHL Player Photo Shoots | Exclusive NHL lifestyle stories
Magazine  Get to know your favorite players. Subscribe to Hockey's Lifestyle Magazine today!

Join US

SPEAK UP

 
 
 
 

TFP Newsletter

 
 
Contact Us | Jobs @ TFP | Our Team | Advertise | Privacy Policy
© 2014 TFP Media, Inc. | All Rights Reserved | The Fourth Period™ and Ice Girls™ are registered trademarks.