2019 NHL Winter Classic

The 2019 NHL Winter Classic (officially the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic) was an outdoor regular season National Hockey League (NHL) game, part of the Winter Classic series, that was played on January 1, 2019. The game featured the Chicago Blackhawks taking on the Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana, home of the University of Notre Dame's Fighting Irish football team. This was the fourth Winter Classic for the Blackhawks (2009, 2015, 2017, sixth outdoor appearance overall and fifth in six years) and the third for the Bruins (2010, 2016).[1] The game was the Bruins' first Winter Classic as the visiting team, and the first time the NHL hosted an outdoor game outside a team's immediate media market (Chicago, the host team, is in an adjacent media market to the South Bend market where Notre Dame is located).

2019 NHL Winter Classic
2019 NHL Winter Classic logo
123 Total
Boston Bruins 112 4
Chicago Blackhawks 110 2
DateJanuary 1, 2019
ArenaNotre Dame Stadium
CityNotre Dame, Indiana
Attendance76,126
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Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium, 2019
The 2019 Winter Classic

Game summary

The Boston Bruins won 4–2 with Tuukka Rask in goal, making 36 saves. David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, Sean Kuraly and Brad Marchand scored the goals for the Bruins. Brendan Perlini and Dominik Kahun scored the goals for the Blackhawks.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st CHI Brendan Perlini (5) David Kampf (10), Dylan Sikura (3) 08:30 CHI 1–0
BOS David Pastrnak (24) – pp Patrice Bergeron (20) 12:38 1–1
2nd CHI Dominik Kahun (5) Erik Gustafsson (12), Jonathan Toews (20) 11:24 CHI 2–1
BOS Patrice Bergeron (13) – pp David Pastrnak (26), Torey Krug (20) 18:48 2–2
3rd BOS Sean Kuraly (4) Chris Wagner (3), Matt Grzelcyk (10) 10:20 BOS 3–2
BOS Brad Marchand (13) – empty net goal David Krejci (24) 19:27 BOS 4–2
Number in parenthesis represents the player's total in goals or assists to that point of the season
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st BOS Brandon Carlo Holding 05:52 2:00
CHI Artem Anisimov Tripping 12:05 2:00
BOS Matt Grzelcyk High-sticking 17:03 2:00
2nd BOS Sean Kuraly Hooking 02:23 2:00
CHI Erik Gustafsson Roughing 17:57 2:00
BOS Matt Grzelcyk Hooking 19:50 2:00
3rd CHI Patrick Kane High-sticking 01:03 2:00
CHI Artem Anisimov Tripping 01:42 2:00
CHI Gustav Forsling Hooking 04:56 2:00
Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Boston 14 10 12 36
Chicago 12 16 10 38
Power play opportunities
Team Goals/Opportunities
Boston 2/5
Chicago 0/4
Three star selections
Team Player Statistics
1st BOS David Pastrnak 1 goal, 1 assist
2nd CHI Cam Ward 32 saves
3rd BOS Patrice Bergeron 1 goal, 1 assist

Officials

Referees: Eric Furlatt, Francis Charron

Linesmen: Matt MacPherson, Bryan Pancich

Entertainment

A pre-game performance was conducted by the Jacks, Weezer performed a three-song concert during the first intermission including their hit cover of "Africa" by Toto, and Judah & the Lion performed a three-song concert during the second intermission.

Broadcasting

NBC broadcast the game as it has done since the event's inception. Like the previous two Winter Classics, Sportsnet simulcast the NBC feed in Canada, while TVA Sports used NBC's video to dub their French-language commentary.

The game was simulcast on NBC Sports Radio; it was the last program carried on the network before it converted to a part-time syndication service that day.

Ratings

Viewership for the 2019 Winter Classic jumped 20% over the previous season, rising to a 1.94 overnight rating and 2.97 million overall viewers, recovering three years of viewership declines.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Blackhawks, Bruins to face off in 2019 Winter Classic". NHL.com. National Hockey League. November 18, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic On NBC Delivers Best Viewership For Event In Four Years". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved January 3, 2019.

Further reading

2018–19 NHL season

The 2018–19 NHL season was the 102nd season of operation (101st season of play) of the National Hockey League. 31 teams competed in an 82-game regular season. The regular season began on October 3, 2018, and ended on April 6, 2019. The 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs began on April 10, 2019, and the Stanley Cup Finals concluded on June 12, 2019, with the St. Louis Blues winning their first Stanley Cup in the Finals over the Boston Bruins in seven games.

2019 in sports

2019 in sports describes the year's events in world sports.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks (spelled Black Hawks until 1986, and known colloquially as the Hawks) are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They have won six Stanley Cup championships since their founding in 1926. The Blackhawks are one of the "Original Six" NHL teams along with the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. Since 1994, the club's home rink is the United Center, which they share with the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls. The club had previously played for 65 years at Chicago Stadium.The club's original owner was Frederic McLaughlin, who owned the club until his death in 1944. Under McLaughlin, a "hands-on" owner who fired many coaches during his ownership, the club won two Stanley Cup titles. The club was then owned by the Norris family, who as owners of the Chicago Stadium were the club's landlord, and owned stakes in several of the NHL teams. At first, the Norris ownership was as part of a syndicate fronted by long-time executive Bill Tobin, and the team languished in favor of the Norris-owned Detroit Red Wings. After the senior James E. Norris died in 1952, the Norris assets were spread among family members and James D. Norris became owner. Norris Jr. took an active interest in the team and under his ownership, the club won one Stanley Cup title in 1961.

After James D. Norris died in 1966, the Wirtz family became owners of the franchise. In 2007, the club came under the control of Rocky Wirtz, who is credited with turning around the organization, which had lost fan interest and competitiveness. Under Rocky Wirtz, the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup three times between 2010 and 2015.

List of outdoor ice hockey games

Playing hockey games outdoors—in soccer, football and baseball stadiums—is an increasingly popular trend for junior, college, professional and international competitions in the 21st century. The popularity of outdoor games has resulted in attendance records in several leagues, and the current world record total of 104,173 was set at The Big Chill at the Big House, a December 2010 National Collegiate Athletic Association game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.While other indoor sports such as basketball have been able to use outdoor tennis courts and even aircraft carriers for outdoor games, this is rarely possible in ice hockey because a regulation rink is generally much wider and longer than the playing surface available in either of those venues. Ice hockey, however, has been played at Stade Roland Garros, the venue of the French Open in tennis. Staging a Vysshaya liga game on the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has been considered as well. To compensate for the varying weather conditions at outdoor ice hockey games, the teams may switch sides after each half of a period.

NBC Sports Radio

NBC Sports Radio is a sports radio network that debuted on September 4, 2012. The network content is produced by NBC Sports Group and distributed by Westwood One, which is the corporate successor to the remains of the original NBC Radio Network that was dissolved in the 1980s. NBC Sports Radio is available through over 300 affiliates throughout the United States as of September 2013, as well as through live streaming on NBCSportsRadio.com, NBCSports.com, WestwoodOneSports.com, and the affiliates' websites. Its launch made NBC the last major broadcast network with a sports radio network to complement its sports division. On January 1, 2019, NBC Sports Radio switched from a 24/7 full-time network feed to a service featuring sports newsfeeds and syndicated offerings.

NHL First Timer

NHL First Timer is a web series created by Pasha Eshghi and Paul Bissonnette in collaboration with the NHL. The series is hosted by Bissonnette, who takes people from all walks of life to their first NHL games with the goal of converting them into hockey fans. The series is part of a new initiative by the NHL which aims to tap into the Generation Z demographic by creating digital content in-house that is catered to social media needs. The first season of the series is slated for 5 episodes.

The first episode of the series features the NFL's Jalen Ramsey. The episode caught the attention of the public as it was released shortly after Ramsey's controversial comments where he claimed he could play in the NHL with only six months of training.

The third episode saw Bissonnette and the NBA's Robin Lopez team up with the Salvation Army to bring two underprivileged teens to the NHL Winter Classic.Other notable guest appearances include former Premier League defender Jay Demerit and current NHL players PK Subban, Patrick Kane and Brock Boeser.

Notre Dame Stadium

Notre Dame Stadium is an outdoor football stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana, the home field of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Located on the university's campus, it also hosts commencement.

Opened 88 years ago in 1930, the stadium seating capacity was nearly 60,000 for decades. More than 21,000 seats were added for the 1997 season, which increased the capacity to over 80,000. After the Campus Crossroads renovation, the seat number decreased to 77,622. The playing surface was changed to FieldTurf in 2014, after 84 seasons on natural grass.

The playing field has a conventional north-south alignment at an approximate elevation of 730 feet (225 m) above sea level.

Third jersey

A third jersey, alternate jersey, third kit, third sweater or alternate uniform is a jersey or uniform that a sports team wear in games instead of its home outfit or its away outfit, often when the colors of two competing teams' other uniforms are too similar to play easily. Alternate jerseys are also a means for professional sports organizations to generate revenue, by sales to fans. Of North American sports leagues, the NFL generates $1.2 billion annually in jersey sales, with the NBA second selling $900 million annually. Another use of the alternate uniform is for identifying with causes, like the Central Coast Mariners wear an alternate pink kit on pink ribbon day.Extra alternate uniforms or fourth/fifth kits are not commonly used, but are sometimes required when teams' other uniforms cause color clashes, or the uniforms are unavailable to use. In cases where teams have worn more than three kits in the same season, the extra kits were usually recycled from previous seasons.

Third-choice jerseys or uniforms are used in all four Major professional sports leagues in the United States sports leagues, with the exception being college sports.Third kits are commonplace in professional European association football and in some professional European rugby union clubs. Alternate jerseys are common in Australia's two biggest domestic leagues, the Australian Football League (Aussie rules) and National Rugby League (rugby league).

Tuukka Rask

Tuukka Mikael Rask (born 10 March 1987) is a Finnish professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Rask was drafted 21st overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. On 24 June 2006, his rights were traded to the Bruins in exchange for goaltender Andrew Raycroft. He is the older brother of Joonas Rask, who plays professionally as a forward with HIFK in the Finnish Liiga.

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