NHL announces 2022 Winter Classic as Wild host Blues at Target Field

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Apr 29, 2021; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; St. Louis Blues goaltender Ville Husso (35) makes a save against Minnesota Wild left wing Kevin Fiala (22) while St. Louis Blues defenseman Torey Krug (47) defends in overtime at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Bettman spoke with the media today and made several announcements including the rescheduled Winter Classic from this past season.

The Minnesota Wild will host the St. Louis Blues in the 2022 Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

2022 Winter Classic announced

The teams initially were slated to compete in the 2021 Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, but that contest was postponed amid the uncertainty of the NHL schedule and when fans would be permitted to attend games with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league officially began the 2020-21 season on Jan. 13, with the only outdoor games being two played at Lake Tahoe in Nevada in February.

The outdoor game will be the second in Minneapolis. The Wild skated to a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Feb. 21, 2016. It was the first ever outdoor professional hockey game in the “State of Hockey.”

Target Field is home to the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball.

–Field Level Media