The NHL Network and The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan just dropped news that the Washington Capitals will be hosting another Outdoor Game. This time it will be held at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
The game will be held Saturday, March 3 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In January, the idea of an Outdoor Game at the Naval Academy was first reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. The NHL was interested in doing something associated with the US military.
5. As for the United States, the league has something interesting brewing with some branches of the military. We’ve mentioned before the idea of playing at Army, with the Rangers as the visiting team. It sounds like they are also considering the Naval Academy, too. No one is saying what this all means right now, but I have to assume that would be a Washington game. And it’s also possible the games would be played simultaneously or at least on the same day. I’m really curious to see the exact plan, but it sounds very interesting. Could be a great idea and spectacle.
6. However, this may not happen next season. As you can imagine, such a combination would take a ton of planning. The NHL really wants to take these games to the “next level,” which moves them out of current markets and into big-name third-party locations. That’s got Notre Dame written all over it, and South Bend is very much on the mind for New Year’s 2018.
The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Navy’s football stadium, will host the event. It has a capacity of 34,000. The New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres will play in the 2018 Winter Classic at Citi Field.
The Capitals have played in two Winter Classics, winning both. The Capitals played the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011 at Heinz Field, defeating their biggest rival 3-1. Washington also hosted their own event at Nationals Park in 2015. The Capitals defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2.
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