Before the Chicago Blackhawks prepare to battle with their bitter rivals the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Jan. 1, let's look back at the first Winter Classic.
The first outdoor NHL game on U.S. soil was played on Jan. 1, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. Here's some art from that game between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Georges Laraque and Ty Conklin of the Pittsburgh Penguins take the ice.
Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff is ready as anyone for the contest.
Sabre Tooth did his job.
Ryan Miller wisely covers up with baby blue sweaters in the area.
Jaroslav Spacek puts the body on a Penguin against the boards.
The Sabres hit the scoreboard on a blast from Brian Campbell.
Sidney Crosby skates by opponents as snow blankets the stadium.
Thomas Vanek puts the brakes on deep in the Pittsburgh zone, as Darryl Sydor and Ty Conklin look on.
Ales Kotalik beats Ty Conklin to give the Sabres the early lead in the shootout.
Superstar Sidney Crosby gives the NHL just what it wants - the highlight shootout-winning goal on Ryan Miller.