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February 6, 2014 | 2:38pm ET
Bruins to play at Gillette Stadium
By Shawn Hutcheon,

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.

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