The calendar has flipped over from 2022 to 2023 and hockey fans know what that means — it’s time for the Winter Classic.
The 14th edition of the event is set for today in Boston, as the Bruins host the Penguins at Fenway Park for the 2023 Winter Classic.
The outdoor game has been played every season in the NHL since the event was created ahead of the 2007-08 season. The lone exception was in 2021 when the delayed start to the season caused the NHL to forgo having the Winter Classic that year.
Both Boston and Pittsburgh have made multiple appearances in the outdoor event. The Bruins are playing in the fourth Winter Classic, which ties the Blackhawks for the most out of any NHL club. This is the third time the Penguins are participating in the outdoor game. They played in the inaugural Winter Classic back in 2008.
MORE: Watch the 2023 Winter Classic on Sling TV
Here is everything you need to know to watch the 2023 Winter Classic.
How to watch the 2023 Winter Classic on TV
- TV Channel (U.S.): TNT
- TV Channel (Canada): Sportsnet, TVA Sports
Fans can watch the game on TNT in the United States.
Canadians can watch on Sportsnet or on TVA Sports, where they will have the French-language broadcast.
How to stream the 2023 Winter Classic
- Live Stream (U.S.): Sling TV, fuboTV, DirecTV
- Live Stream (Canada): SN NOW
Streaming options are available on Sling TV, fuboTV and DirecTV in the United States.
In addition, those in Canada can stream the action on SN NOW.
When is the 2023 Winter Classic?
- Date: Monday, Jan. 2
- Time: 2 p.m. ET
This season’s Winter Classic will not take place on New Year’s Day like in most previous years. With the holiday falling on a Sunday, the game instead will be played the next day, Monday, Jan. 2.
It is the third time the NHL has pushed the Winter Classic back one day when New Year’s Day is on a Sunday.
Who is playing in the 2023 Winter Classic?
This year’s game will be played between the Bruins and the Penguins.
This is Boston’s fourth Winter Classic appearance and third time hosting the event. The Bruins previously played in 2010, 2016 and 2019. The B’s are 2-1-0 in the three previous occasions, defeating the Flyers in 2010 and the Blackhawks in 2019 while losing to the Canadiens in 2016.
The Penguins, who played in the inaugural event in 2008, are playing in their third Winter Classic. It’s the first time Pittsburgh will partake in the outdoor festivities since 2011. The Pens are 1-1-0 all-time in Winter Classics, winning the first one in 2008 over the Sabres and losing in 2011 to the Capitals.
Where is the 2023 Winter Classic?
- Venue: Fenway Park
- Location: Boston, Mass.
The 2023 Winter Classic will be played at Fenway Park, home of the MLB’s Boston Red Sox.
It is the first time that the NHL is repeating a venue for the Winter Classic. Fenway Park was the home of the 2010 Winter Classic when the Bruins hosted the Flyers.
It is the third time that Boston is hosting the event. In addition to 2010, the Bruins faced the Canadiens in the 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium, home of the Patriots.
2023 Winter Classic jerseys
The jerseys are one of the best parts of the Winter Classic, as teams design specific sweaters for the event.
The Bruins and Penguins revealed their 2023 Winter Classic jerseys in late November.
The Bruins and Penguins Winter Classic jerseys have arrived. Thoughts? 🐻🐧
(via @BR_OpenIce) pic.twitter.com/lY9jjG776A
— BarDown (@BarDown) November 25, 2022
Boston is utilizing one of the team’s previous bear logos, commonly known as the “Meth Bear”, as its primary logo. The bear head was used as a shoulder patch for the team’s jerseys starting in the 1976-77 season and was a part of the uniform until 1995.
Here is a look at the full uniform setup for the Bruins.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 28, 2022
Pittsburgh is throwing it all the way back to the 1920s with its “P” logo. The crest was worn by Pittsburgh’s original hockey team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates played from 1925 to 1930, when the franchise’s ownership group changed and the team was forced out of the city.
Here is how the full uniform will look for the Penguins.
Inspired by Pittsburgh’s original NHL franchise, the 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates. Here’s a look at our full-body Winter Classic threads 💯 pic.twitter.com/N4zC6j2e3I
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 2, 2022
Winter Classic odds
Come back closer to the Winter Classic for betting odds, provided by Sports Interaction.
Previous Winter Classic locations
The Winter Classic has been around since 2008, with the exception of 2021 as the league did not have the event due to the delayed start of the season with the COVID-19 pandemic.
In total, 13 different stadiums have been used. Seven have been MLB fields, three have been NFL stadiums and three have been college football venues.
This is the first time ever that the Winter Classic is repeating a previous venue. Fenway Park hosted the 2010 Winter Classic between the Bruins and the Flyers.
|2008||Ralph Wilson Stadium||Orchard Park, N.Y.||Penguins 2, Sabres 1 (SO)|
|2009||Wrigley Field||Chicago, Ill.||Red Wings 6, Blackhawks 4|
|2010||Fenway Park||Boston, Mass.||Bruins 2, Flyers 1 (OT)|
|2011||Heinz Field||Pittsburgh, Pa.||Capitals 3, Penguins 1|
|2012||Citizens Bank Park||Philadelphia, Pa.||Rangers 3, Flyers 2|
|2014||Michigan Stadium||Ann Arbor, Mich.||Maple Leafs 3, Red Wings 2 (SO)|
|2015||Nationals Park||Washington, D.C.||Capitals 3, Blackhawks 2|
|2016||Gillette Stadium||Foxborough, Mass.||Canadiens 5, Bruins 1|
|2017||Busch Stadium||St. Louis, Mo.||Blues 4, Blackhawks 1|
|2018||Citi Field||Queens. N.Y.||Rangers 3, Sabres 2 (OT)|
|2019||Notre Dame Stadium||Notre Dame, Ind.||Bruins 4, Blackhawks 2|
|2020||Cotton Bowl||Dallas, Texas||Stars 4, Predators 2|
|2022||Target Field||Minneapolis, Minn.||Blues 6, Wild 4|
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