The National Hockey League announced Saturday that the Bruins will be taking on the Chicago Blackhawks on January 1 in the 2019 Bridgestone Winter Classic.
This marks the first Winter Classic matchup between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks, but both Original Six teams are no strangers to the annual event.
Boston split its first two appearances in the Winter Classic.
Previously, the Bruins took part in the 2010 Winter Classic against the Flyers at Fenway Park and in the 2016 event against the Canadiens at Gillette Stadium.
The 2019 game will be held at Notre Dame Stadium, home of the school's football team.
The New Year's Day matchup will be Chicago's fourth NHL Winter Classic appearance and Boston's third. They hosted the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field and the 2014 Stadium Series at Soldier Field, and they also have played in outdoor games at Nationals Park (against the Washington Capitals), TCF Bank Stadium (against the Minnesota Wild), and Busch Stadium against the St. Louis Blues.
The Original Six™ clubs have had 586 regular-season meetings, with Boston holding a 48-point edge over Chicago since the 1926-1927 season (Chicago 242-263-81-565, Boston 265-238-83-613). Current Bruins rookie forward Anders Bjork played three seasons with the Irish, culminating in last season's run to the 2017 Frozen Four. "The rich history of Notre Dame Stadium is well documented, and our team looks forward to playing at such an iconic venue".
Chicago's president and CEO, John McDonough, stated, "The Chicago Blackhawks are honored to be participating in this marquee event at an iconic venue like Notre Dame Stadium".