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2009 Winter Classic To Be Held At Wrigley

By Wyatt Earp | July 20, 2008

<i>Khabibulin and Zetterberg in The Friendly Confines. Nice!</i>

Khabibulin and Zetterberg in The Friendly Confines. Nice!

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/ via Randal Graves)

The Blackhawks and Red Wings at Wrigley Field. My schedule for New Year’s Day is now officially booked.

Topics: Ice Hockey | 8 Comments »

8 Responses to “2009 Winter Classic To Be Held At Wrigley”

  1. Typicalwhitey Says:
    July 20th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    How svelte they look in their outfits, don’t you think Wyatt?

  2. AJ Lynch Says:
    July 20th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    That is cool news Wyatt. I am not a hockey fan but watched this year’s game in Buffalo. Maybe I will see you at Wrigley – always wanted to see a game there but thought it would be baseball.

  3. RT Says:
    July 20th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    How stinking cool! I wonder if anyone will be brave enough to sit up on the buildings like they do during the summer.

    What is even better is that it is scheduled for a holiday, so there should be many viewers (ummm….bowl games?).

  4. Deanna Says:
    July 21st, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Hockey at the ball park…. will you still buy me hot dogs and cracker jacks?

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 21st, 2008 at 7:58 am

    TW – Grrr . . .

    AJ – The Buffalo game was awesome.

    RT – Last year, I alternated between the Buffalo game and the Michigan-Florida bowl game.

    Deanna – I don’t care if I ever get back!

  6. The Badger Says:
    July 21st, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Is it a ground rule double if the puck gets lost in the ivy?

  7. Vincent_Antonelli Says:
    July 21st, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Nice Z-dog pic! Sweee-heeeeeet!

  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 21st, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    The Badger – Maybe Don Cherry can sing “Take me out to the hockey game?”

    Vinnie – Oh, just stop with the Z-Dog already!