The 2021 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is finally headed to the state of hockey where the Minnesota Wild will play host to the yearly tradition, the league announced on Wednesday. The game will mark the 13th NHL Winter Classic — established in 2008 — and will be the Wild’s first appearance at the New Year’s Day celebration.
"The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is about taking hockey back to its outdoor roots — and there is no better place to celebrate the incredible strength surrounding our game than in Minnesota," said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
The game will be played at Target Field, home to the Minnesota Twins, with the opponent yet to be decided.
Speculation puts the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues as frontrunners to join in on the event.
Chicago, Colorado and St. Louis have also been discussed as potential opponents. https://t.co/2pab4RsoAX— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) January 1, 2020
The 2020-2021 campaign will also mark the Wild’s 20th anniversary season — a perfect reason to hold a celebration like the Winter Classic.
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