2015 Winter Classic to feature Blackhawks and Capitals at Nationals Park

Geoff Burke / USA Today

There will officially be an outdoor game of NHL hockey played in the American capital on New Year's Day, 2015. That game will feature some of the most recognizable stars in the game, pitting Alexander Ovechkin's Washington Capitals against Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks.

"The [Winter Classic] has made New Year’s Day a highlight of the season for NHL fans everywhere,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in a league release. "Nationals Park provides an ideal setting for all the excitement, entertainment and fun as the Blackhawks and Capitals bring our outdoor tradition to historic Washington, D.C."

The game will be televised nationally on NBC in the United States, on CBC in Canada, and on TVA in Quebec.

"We are thrilled," said Capitals owner Ted Leonisis. "We are delighted the D.C. area and our great fan base will have an opportunity to experience the NHL Winter Classic, and we know that Nationals Park will provide an incredible backdrop for the game."

The jerseys for the game will be unveiled at a special event on Sept. 23rd.

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