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The Winter Classic Returns to Chicago

Blackhawks are set to host their first Winter Classic in six years against St. Louis at Wrigley Field in 2025.
Chicago Blackhawks 6-4 (Credit: Jamie Squire with Sports Illustrated)

The Winter Classic is the National Hockey League’s annual celebration of the new year, featuring teams dueling it out in the elements in historic sports venues such as Fenway Park, Michigan Stadium, and now for the second time Wrigley Field.

The Blackhawks have played in no shortage of outdoor games over the years having already participated in five of them, four of which being the Winter Classic in 2009, 2015, 2017, and 2019 notoriously losing all four with their only win outdoors coming in the 2014 Stadium Series game taking place at Soldier Field against Pittsburgh.

Despite their rough history outside the Hawks are excited to hit the ice in Wrigleyville.

”My last outdoor-game memory was playing outdoor hockey when I was a kid, so it’s an exciting opportunity,” said Hawks head coach Luke Richardson.

The puck will drop on the north side on January 1, 2025 leaving plenty of time for sports fans to prepare themselves for this heated rivalry to make its way back to the classic Wrigley Field.


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Hayden Krupa
Hayden Krupa, Editor in Chief/Journalism 2 Writer
I am Hayden Krupa, Senior at Marist. This is my 2nd year as a writer and 1st as an editor for MHS Media. I plan to major in sports journalism and I dream to one day cover Chicago sports for a living. I also want to play college hockey. I am a student ambassador for Marist, member of NHS, 2 sport Varsity athlete in hockey and lacrosse, and the commentator for Sandburg hockey.
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