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Blackhawks Thu May 29 2008

Frozen Confines This Winter?

Various sources are reporting that the NHL has reached an agreement to have the Blackhawks welcome the Detroit Red Wings next season in the next installment of the Winter Classic. While there is no official announcement yet, it’s expected the game will be held at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field, not surprising given Hawks' team president John McDonough’s ties to the Cubs. Plus, how great will the landmark ballpark and adjoining rooftops look on national TV, provided the winter cooperates?

It's a logical choice for the NHL, featuring two Original Six markets who are also fierce rivals. With the Blackhawks' recent revitalization, a national audience in a historic setting will further enhance the team's recognition. And the Wings may come in as the defending Stanley Cup champions, as they currently are up 2-1 in the Finals.

In a strange coincidence, or coordinated marketing ploy timed with the possible announcement of the game, Hawks legends Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Tony Esposito will be at Wrigley tomorrow to sing the 7th inning stretch.

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What a game.

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