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NHL Winter Classic

NHL Winter Classic

  • Premiered: 
    January 1, 2008
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Sports
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: hockey (pro)

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 2008 (except for 2013), the National Hockey League (NHL) has held a hockey game in an outdoor arena on New Year's Day (or on January 2 when New Year's Day falls on a Sunday.) Two storied NHL franchises faced off in the 2014 NHL WINTER CLASSIC at one of college football's most historic stadiums in front of more than 100,000 fans on New Year's Day, when NBC presented the game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 1pm ET/10am PT from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI. Mike 'Doc' Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire called the game at ice level. On New Year's Day 2015 (Thursday, January 1) from 1-4pm ET/10am-1pm PT (live), NBC premiered the 2015 NHL WINTER CLASSIC, as Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals hosts Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks from Nationals Park, home of Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals. Play-by-play commentator Mike 'Doc' Emerick, analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will have the Winter Classic call from Washington, D.C. The 2016 NHL WINTER CLASSIC premiered on NBC on New Year's Day 2016 (Friday, January 1) from 1-4pm ET/10am-1pm PT, as the Montreal Canadiens (21-15-3) battle the Boston Bruins (20-12-4) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. Doc Emrick, Eddie Olczyk & Pierre McGuire are on the call again for this year's Classic.
The 2017 NHL WINTER CLASSIC premiered on Monday, January 2, 2017 from 1-4pm ET/10am-1pm PT, featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues, from Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO. Bob Costas, who began his professional broadcasting career in St. Louis, returns to the booth, marking the sixth occasion he's part of the Winter Classic, previously serving as host for the first five iterations from 2008-2012. Costas is joined by Mike 'Doc' Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst). NBC Sports' NHL studio team of host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, and Jeremy Roenick will handle pre-game, post-game, and intermission coverage on-site at Busch Stadium.



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