The Blackhawks are headed to the great outdoors — again.
As first reported by TSN in Canada, the Hawks will face the Capitals in the 2015 Winter Classic on New Year’s Day in Washington. The site is yet to be announced, but it likely will be at Nationals Park.
It will mark the third time the Hawks will participate in an outdoor game, with the first being a 6-4 loss to the Red Wings in the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field before a crowd of 40,818. Last March, the Hawks hosted the Penguins at Soldier Field as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series and skated to a 5-1 victory before 62,921 fans who braved 17-degree temperatures and a hard snowfall. The Capitals also have been a part of a Winter Classic as they faced off against the Penguins in ’11.
The 2015 matchup likely means the Hawks will be showcased as part of HBO’s popular series “24/7,” which chronicles participants in the weeks before the Winter Classic and their preparation for the game.
Also, a certain president may have an opportunity to attend the game involving his hometown team as former Chicago and current Washington resident Barack Obama will have the contest played close at hand.
The NHL is expected to release the full 2014-15 regular-season schedule Sunday afternoon. It then will be revealed officially that the Hawks will move starting times for games at the United Center from 7 to 7:30 p.m. unless a national broadcast dictates otherwise.