Boston’s Fenway Park to host 2023 NHL Winter Classic featuring the Bruins

NHL Winter Classic Fenway Park
Oct 11, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; A general view outside Fenway Park before game four of the 2021 ALDS between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins will host the 2023 NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park, the league announced Friday during All-Star Weekend festivities in Las Vegas.

It will be the fifth NHL regular-season outdoor game for the Bruins and the second time the Winter Classic has been played at Fenway Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox. The Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime on Jan. 1, 2010, to win the third Winter Classic.

“It’s been 12 years since we were at Fenway,” Commissioner Bettman said. “A lot of money has been put into the building, it’s not quite the same ballpark. Boston is obviously a great hockey town. We’ve now done over 30 outdoor games; if you want to keep doing them you have to go back to some places. It won’t look and it won’t be the same, [NHL chief content officer] Steve Mayer won’t allow it, as it was last time. It’ll be a new experience in a venue that has been transformed and modernized in some ways. We think it’ll be a great event. You’ll have to speculate on who the opponent will be.”

Bruins to play in Winter Classic

NHL Winter Classic
Oct 18, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; A general view of Fenway Park before game three of the 2021 ALCS between the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The 2023 game will mark the 15th anniversary of the inaugural game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres in Orchard Park, N.Y. That game, played on Jan. 1, 2008, marked the NHL beginning its tradition of hosting an outdoor game to start the new year.

The Bruins’ opponent and the confirmed date for the 2023 game have yet to be announced.

The St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild 6-4 at Target Field in Minneapolis on Jan. 1 to win the 2022 Winter Classic.

The league also announced that the Carolina Hurricanes will become the 28th team to play an outdoor game for the first time next year when they host the NHL Stadium Series, which will be played at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., home of the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The opponent and date have yet to be finalized.

The Hurricanes were originally scheduled to host an outdoor game this season, but amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL and the team agreed to postpone it.

In addition, the Florida Panthers were named hosts of the 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend, with the Skills Competition on Feb. 3 and the NHL All-Star Game on Feb. 4. It’s the second time the Panthers were awarded All-Star Weekend, 20 years after they first hosted in 2003.

–Field Level Media