Bru­ins, Cana­di­ens will meet in NHL’s Win­ter Clas­sic

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Win­ter Clas­sic is com­ing to the home of the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots. NHL Com­mis­sioner Gary Bettman joined of­fi­cials from the Bos­ton Bru­ins and Mon­treal Cana­di­ens on Wed­nes­day to say the Orig­i­nal Six ri­vals would meet at Gil­lette Sta­dium on New Year’s Day. The Bru­ins will be the first team to host the event twice. They also hosted it in 2010, at Fen­way Park. Pa­tri­ots owner Robert Kraft also spoke at the cer­e­mony, just hours af­ter his im­pas­sioned “De­flate­gate” de­fence. Bettman notes that the three or­ga­ni­za­tions are among the most suc­cess­ful in their sports, with 34 cham­pi­onships. The Cana­di­ens have won 24 of those, but the Pa­tri­ots are the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl champs. Bettman also says the league has ex­tended the game’s ti­tle spon­sor­ship with Bridge­stone for another five years. The Cana­dian Press

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