The National Hockey League announced today, ‪November 18, that the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks will compete in the 2019 Bridgestone Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium ‪on January 1, 2019.

This is the third time the Bruins will make an appearance in the annual event, after hosting the Philadelphia Flyers at ‪Fenway Park in 2010 and hosting the Montreal Canadiens at ‪Gillette Stadium in 2016. It is a league-most fourth Winter Classic appearance for the Blackhawks, who hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field in 2009, took on the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park in 2015, and most recently played the St. Louis Blues at ‪Busch Stadium in 2017.

This marks the first ever Winter Classic between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks.

"The Boston Bruins are excited to be playing in the 2019 Bridgestone Winter Classic against another storied Original Six franchise, the Chicago Blackhawks," said Bruins President Cam Neely. "The rich history of Notre Dame Stadium is well documented, and our team looks forward to playing at such an iconic venue. We hope that by participating in these large scale and unique NHL events we can bring Bruins fans new hockey experiences, and that we can use these opportunities to help grow our great game and attract new fans."

The Bruins' first appearance in the Winter Classic in 2010 at ‪Fenway Park featured a few iconic moments for the NHL's annual outdoor event. In the first period, the B's Shawn Thornton and the Flyers' Daniel Carcillo engaged in the first-ever fighting major in a Winter Classic.