By Wyatt Earp | July 20, 2008
Yeah, I know it’s mid-July and everyone is sweating their arses off, but it’s never too early to talk about hockey!
There will be no talk of curses allowed. Goats aren’t welcome. If somebody wants to call his shot, well that’s OK, but probably not recommended, because this is hockey and the goalie won’t like it too much.
Oh yes, Wrigley Field is notorious for some of baseball’s legendary — and spookiest stories — since it was built in 1914 around Clark and Addison Streets, and Sheffield and Waveland Avenues on the North Side of Chicago.
Jan. 1, 2009 figures to be another historic day for the venerable old ballpark when it opens its doors to the National Hockey League for NHL Winter Classic 2009, which this time features an Original Six matchup.
The host Chicago Blackhawks will square off against the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Detroit Red Wings, in a 1 p.m. ET game that should not only capture the attention of the entire sports nation on arguably the greatest sports television day of the year, but could also be a key contest in what figures to be a tight Central Division race. It will be the 701st all-time meeting of the clubs. No NHL opponents have played more regular-season games against each other. (H/T – NHL.com via Randal Graves)
The Blackhawks and Red Wings at Wrigley Field. My schedule for New Year’s Day is now officially booked.