Following a breaking news report from Comcast Sport Chicago, it was announced that the Detroit Red Wings will face the Chicago Blackhawks on January 1, 2009 at Wrigley Field.
The report was further made believable when Michael Russo of the Minneapolis-Star tribune wrote:
"According to a knowledgeable source, it's official. The NHL's second outdoor Winter Classic will take place New Year's Day at the storied Wrigley Field when the Blackhawks take on the Stanley Cup-champion Detroit Red Wings.
"An announcement is expected next week in the days leading up to the three-day inaugural "Blackhawks Convention" at the Chicago Hilton. The outdoor game has been in the works for some time but was finally approved last week when NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman met with the Blackhawks, Cubs, and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley." This is definitely exciting news for hockey fans, as this year we can enjoy an exciting outdoor hockey game without the non-stop Sidney Crosby love fest from NBC.
Although it was heavily rumored that the Rangers and Islanders would play at Yankee Stadium, it appears to be moot now.
There is also talk of a doubleheader January 1st, with the Chicago-Detroit game in the afternoon, and an all-Canadian matchup in the early evening.
Stay tuned over the next few days as details are worked out and made known to the public.