Commissioner Gary Bettman addressed D.C.’s bid to host the Classic thusly:
“We could not help but be impressed by the fan interest and the possibilities in Washington, D.C., so our plan is to do an outdoor game in Washington in the next two to three years. We think that will be an excellent venue, opportunity, market, fanbase for us to connect with with this event as well.”
But for now, Caps fans, start looking for hotels (or friends’ couches) to ring in the new year in Pittsburgh. For more, including reactions from Dick Patrick and Mike Knuble, check out the Caps’ official announcement here. And sign up here to get ticket information from the team once it’s available.