Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

The Pittsburgh Penguins Will Face The Boston Bruins In The 2023 Winter Classic At Fenway Park

NEW YORK (April 13, 2022) – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced additional details for the 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic®. In February, the NHL announced that the Boston Bruins would host the regular-season outdoor game at Fenway Park; the NHL announced today that the Pittsburgh Penguins will be the Bruins’ opponent as well as the date of the game, which is scheduled to take place on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. In addition, the NHL announced Discover as the title sponsor of the 2023 NHL Winter Classic®, marking the second consecutive year the longtime NHL partner has been the title sponsor of the event. The game will be televised exclusively on TNT in the U.S. and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.

The 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic® will mark the fifth NHL regular-season outdoor game for the Bruins and the second time the game has been hosted at Fenway Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox. The Bruins are 3-1-0 in their four previous regular-season outdoor appearances: a 2-1 overtime victory against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic®; a 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the 2016 NHL Winter Classic® at Gillette Stadium; a 4-2 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 NHL Winter Classic® at Notre Dame Stadium; and a 7-3 win against the Flyers in the 2021 NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe™ at Edgewood Resort.

 The 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic® will mark the sixth regular-season outdoor game for the Penguins, who are 2-2-1 in their five previous appearances: a 2-1 shootout win against the Buffalo Sabres in the first-ever NHL Winter Classic® at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2008; a 3-1 loss to the Washington Capitals in the 2011 NHL Winter Classic® at Heinz Field; a 5-1 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2014 NHL Stadium Series™ at Soldier Field; a 4-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2017 NHL Stadium Series™ at Heinz Field; and a 4-3 overtime loss against the Flyers in the 2019 NHL Stadium Series™ at Lincoln Financial Field. 

The game continues the tradition the League established in 2008 of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the new year, with the 2023 edition marking the 15-year anniversary of the first NHL Winter Classic® in Buffalo. A complete history of NHL regular-season outdoor games can be found here.

The Bruins and Penguins have faced off in 219 games during the regular season, with Boston holding an 89-point edge over Pittsburgh (BOS: 121-69-29—271 points; PIT: 77-114-28—182 points). Boston and Pittsburgh have faced off five times in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the Bruins winning three of five series, including their most recent matchup in the 2013 Eastern Conference Final.

Additional details for 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic®, including ticketing information and the game’s start time, will be announced when available. Fans can sign up for news and updates on the 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic by clicking here.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, | KK Hockey | Permalink


Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

I am surprised that for the Winter Classic, Pittsburgh is not playing Pittsburgh.  Yeah, I get the Fenway/Pens connection with new (or potentially new Pens ownership) but these guys are just too much. 

So many other teams could provide a valuable venue in their markets. 

Columbus could provide THE Ohio State field (not popular in this forum!)

New Jersey could do the game in the Meadowlands,

The Islanders could host at the adjacent Belmont Racetrack (part of the horse racing triple crown)

West Point ( NYI, NJD or Rag$ could be involved)  Annapolis (Caps)  Air Force (Avs) Lake Tahoe, Seattle vs. Vancouver where the 12th man plays….

Maybe the Field Of Dreams field in Iowa?  (Have teams skate out of the cornfields)

You get my point. 

But why not have the Penguins play the Penguins over Gary Bettman’s house?  He would be overjoyed! 


Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 04/13/22 at 09:43 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Well said Kaz.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 04/13/22 at 11:49 PM ET


Apparently Gary keeps using the excuse that
Ohio Stadium isn’t outfitted with insulated pipes for
winter. Like that couldn’t be done with some determination
and focus if they wanted it to happen.

OSU is also just a massive political lobbying force in Ohio
for its own interests. Their chief state lobbyist was also one of my professors
and he had some interesting stories (not for the classroom)
about major projects OSU killed or usurped to maintain dominance
as not only THE sports institution in central Ohio, but also as the operator
of venues that hosted profitable arena concerts, etc.
I remember when city leaders were first trying to attract the NHL in 1997.
Not only did voters understandably not want to bear all the cost of construction,
but OSU didn’t exactly want another (newer, nicer) arena to compete with the one they built a couple years before.

Does OSU want NHL hockey in their iconic football stadium?
I can’t imagine they couldn’t also benefit from the publicity and
reach of the broadcast. But these things can get tricky when one institution is used to having a large and growing city to itself - and their sorta rival’s only option for a huge national pro sports event is their stadium.

Posted by lefty.30 on 04/14/22 at 12:15 AM ET


Of course the NHL has long treated CBJ as sort of
an expansion stepchild lucky to have a team.

Everyone else gets 2-3 Winter classics - and then we’ll
consider you.

Pittsburgh vs. Pittsburgh is hilarious.

“Team Crosby faces off against Team Malkin…
Sidney Crosby is giving it to the officials - wait!
behind the play, Evgeni Malkin just speared Kris Letang!”

But Pittsburgh - if you can’t have two - and Boston
is the perfect distillation of lazy shameless NHL favoritism.

Posted by lefty.30 on 04/14/22 at 12:20 AM ET

Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

Ok, I will jump back in - only because I am watching the Pens beating the Isles and it’s just vomit inducing smile  Just hearing that F*$&$&$ horn when the Pens score makes me ill.  (but nowhere in the league of the “Rangers Victory Song” )- but I digress

At least we don’t have to suffer Pierre Maguire shilling for his Pens and his “Go out there and have fun Sid” stuff.  The NBC and other NHL media sources and the constant shilling for the Pens - glad to see it’s not just me.

I wanted to ask more about the Columbus situation.  I am well aware (anecdotally) of the impact of THE Ohio State Univ. on the local sports schedule, etc.  I bet CBJ plays a ton of early season games on Sunday.  I think the Coyotes will play a similar role to ASU, except they are playing in an ASU facility and will get ‘second fiddle’ dates there.

I have been to 2 games at CBJ and LOVED the experience, saw them play about 7 years ago vs. the Wings and then one vs. Calgary.  I thought the fans were totally into it and the arena - the adjacent practice rink and the area with the bars, restaurants and hotels was a nice fit. 

Regarding the bathrooms and the pipes, the NHL used that excuse not to have an outdoor game at Shea Stadium.  I think the outdoor games played at Yankee Stadium were in the new stadium - post 2009.  Wrigley and Fenway - did they have the same problem?  And it was fixed?

I think the Jackets would do a great job hosting.  The funny thing is that Pittsburgh would be an appropriate rival for that game smile  (Division rival and closest geographic team to CBJ)  I mean if the NHL just has to have Team Letang play AGAIN, this is one that could make some sense. 

Teams like the warmer weather teams should at least get a shot as a visiting team.  The Florida Panthers would be a team that has played its way into consideration!  FLA at CBJ? 

The other thing that gets my goat (Not in this forum - I argued this point in a different hockey forum) where someone claims that only a very few teams want to host this game.  That is complete bulls**T.  I think every team wants to get a taste of it.  I know someone who was so keen on it was Charles Wang - the former Isles owner.  How do I know it - he told me.  more than one time.  It was around the time of the BUFFALO/PENS classic at the Bills stadium in 2008 or so.    He claimed it was “his idea’ - which I doubt, but I don’t doubt the Isles would have been overjoyed to host one back then.  I found an old Newsday article which supports my claim from what Wang told us.  The Isles were not a good team back then - so I understand why we never got the game. 

New Jersey also deserves to host a game.  I would bet a majority - if not a super-majority - of NHL teams would love to host a Winter Classic.    For the Isles - I would love to see an Edmonton/Isles game - but Bettman would prefer the outdoor game to be in Scranton so the Papa Pens can play the Baby Pens ! 






Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 04/14/22 at 10:06 PM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.


Notify me of follow-up comments?


Most Recent Blog Posts

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com