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Washington Capitals Will Host 2015 Winter Classic

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- The Washington Capitals and the NHL announced on Saturday that they will host the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2015.

The Capitals took place in the 2011 Classic in Pittsburgh against the Penguins.  NHL Chief Operating John Collins said that the league has yet to select an opponent, but both sides are happy with announcement.

"The excitement of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic continues to grow, and bringing the 2015 event to the D.C. area will write another chapter in the game's great history of entertainment," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said.  "We are looking forward to being in Washington with the Capitals' great fans."

The 2015 game will mark the seventh Winter Classic to be played outside.  In their last Winter Classic, Washington defeated the Penguins 3-1 in front of 68,111 fans at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

"We are extremely excited to host the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic and bring this great event to the D.C. area," Capitals chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis said. "Our great fan base deserves to experience the magnificence of an outdoor game. We are thrilled to once again be part of this great event."

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