NHL's Winter Classic returning to Fenway Park in 2023

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The NHL announced Friday evening that the 2023 Winter Classic will feature the Bruins playing at Fenway Park. The league says their opponent and the game's date and broadcast information will be confirmed at a later time.

Fenway will become the first venue to host the Winter Classic twice, as the Bruins beat the Flyers 2-1 in overtime there back in 2010. The Bruins also hosted the 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium, a 5-1 loss to the Canadiens.

The Bruins also played in the Winter Classic in 2019, beating the Blackhawks 4-2 at Notre Dame Stadium. The Bruins will now tie the Blackhawks for most Winter Classic appearances with four.

This will be the Bruins' fifth outdoor game overall, as they also played in one of the NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe games last year, beating the Flyers 7-3.

The Winter Classic is usually held on New Year's Day, but likely won't be next year since New Year's Day falls on a Sunday. When that's been the case in the past, the NHL has played on a different day in order to avoid going head-to-head with NFL games.

While the NHL has not announced the Bruins' opponent yet, it's worth noting that Barstool Sports' Mike Grinnell reported on Wednesday that it's expected to be the Penguins. That would make sense given that Fenway Sports Group recently bought the Penguins.

In addition to the 2010 Winter Classic, Fenway has also hosted numerous college and high school games since as part of the "Frozen Fenway" series.

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