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NHL Outdoor Weekend

ESPN Classic presents some of the most memorable outdoor hockey games, from the first outdoor game between two NHL teams to last year's Winter Classic which saw the New York Rangers face the Philadelphia Flyers.


Saturday, December 29 at 3pm et/Noon pt

The first outdoor game between two NHL teams was an official pre-season match-up on September 27, 1991. The game took place in the parking lot of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, and featured the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers.

Saturday, December 29 at 5pm et/2pm pt

The first regular-season outdoor game in the history of the NHL took place on November 22, 2003, at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, when the Edmonton Oilers played the Montreal Canadiens in the 2003 Heritage Classic.

Saturday, December 29 at 7pm et/4pm pt

The first Winter Classic was held January 1, 2008, between the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The game had an NHL-record crowd of 71,217 fans in attendance.

Saturday, December 29 at 9pm et/6pm pt

The success of the 2008 NHL Winter Classic led the NHL to schedule a second one, held at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, on January 1, 2009, matching the Detroit Red Wings against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Sunday, December 30 at 2pm et/11am pt

The third Winter Classic was held at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 1, 2010, featuring the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Sunday, December 30 at 4pm et/1pm pt

The 2011 game was played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. A classic match-up overshadowed by "the hit" on Sidney Crosby.

Sunday, December 30 at 6pm et/3pm pt

The 2012 Winter Classic was a classic Eastern Conference match-up featuring the visiting New York Rangers facing the Philadelphia Flyers from Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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