The 2012 edition of the NHL Winter Classic was barely in the books before fans began discussing and speculating where future Winter Classics should be held.
In recent weeks, reports have emerged suggesting that the Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals are the likely hosts of the next two games, with the Wings getting the 2013 game and the Capitals playing host in 2014. However, these reports are no means a guarantee or an official announcement about matchups for the next two games.
One venue that could be used in the future is Yankee Stadium in the Bronx section of New York, with the New York Rangers as the best bet to be the home team.
Yankee Stadium is currently in a contract to host the Pinstripe Bowl through the 2013 college football season, so we may not get a Winter Classic until 2015 at the earliest.
In addition to having a first-class stadium, New York is also in the largest TV market in America, with 7.4 million homes having televions sets. This means guaranteed big ratings for NBC.
As a die-hard Yankees fan, I was itching to get into my dream world and figure out who the Rangers might host in a possible 2015 Winter Classic in the Bronx. I have no inside information that the game will be there in 2015, but hey, a girl can dream.
Here are six teams who could be strong opponents for the Rangers three years from now.