The Winter Classic is an annual ice hockey game that is played outdoors and often called as “outdoor classic”. National Hockey League (NHL) has been hosting this event since 2008 when Detroit Red Wings took on host Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field in front of 68,000 spectators. The event became so popular over the years that it established a new tradition of celebrating a new year by watching the match.
National Hockey League (NHL) is organizing this event with an objective to promote outdoor hockey and it also helps for increasing fan following among United States when winter season comes in late December until February when weather is pleasant for outdoor games.
The Winter Classic 2017 when hockey enthusiasts can see some of the most talented players in the NHL go head to head with one another. The last game was played on January 1, 2016 when Chicago Blackhawks took on the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park in Washington D.C.
When is the Winter Classic 2017?
This year’s event will take place on January 2nd at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts when New England Patriots and Montreal Canadiens compete against each other, hosted by Boston Bruins who have won previous two events consecutively over Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks respectively.
The event will be broadcasted live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada while viewers in America can watch it live on NHL Network. The game also has an online streaming option when you can go to the official website of NHL at nhl.com where you will find links to stream the game via Fox Sports Go app when it becomes available.
Rules for the Winter Classic
There are 3 twenty-minute periods in the 2016 Winter Classic when Montreal Canadiens took on Boston Bruins.
Teams change sides at the end of each period and when a team scores, it will play defence in that period when its opponent scores.
After the second period has been played when Montreal Canadiens scored 2 goals when Boston Bruins ended the second period without scoring, there was a 10-minute intermission when NHL changed ends and substituted players.
In this event, when a player commits an infraction or when he/she throws equipment to another player or onto the ice surface when it is deliberate. The referee will raise his hand in a “stop” gesture to signal to the player that he is penalty for 2 minutes when other referee will raise the arm with an orange signal when penalty time is 1 minute.
A minor penalty when match officials will explain to players about what they should do when play will continue when ref drops his hand after explaining to players.
The major penalties are 5 minutes in duration when offence is committed when game play will continue when ref drops his hand. A player who commits a major penalty when another player misses when match official misses when offence is committed when action should be taken when he removes the offender from the ice surface to sit in the penalty box when timekeeper stops the clock.
Buying the tickets
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or StubHub for $200-$850 when it goes on sale in September. If you’re a season ticket holder to either of these teams, you can buy tickets for $125-350. You should purchase your tickets as soon as possible because they have been selling out quickly!
If you’re looking for an alternative way to watch this event live, NBC Sports Network will broadcast it starting at 8pm EST on 1/2/17 with pregame coverage starting at 4pm EST from Busch Stadium in St George Lousiis, MO!