Buffalo Sabres Will Play in 2018 Winter Classic
The NHL has made it official; the 10th anniversary NHL Winter Classic will feature the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets on New Year's Day, 2018. It'll be the first time the Sabres have been featured in an outdoor game since they hosted the first Winter Classic in 2008 at what was then known as Wilson Stadium.
NHL Commissioner said, "with New York City as its host, the renewal of our New Year's tradition will continue to inspire hockey memories for our clubs, our players and our fans." The game will also be the Rangers' second outdoor game. The Rangers beat the host Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in 2012. The Sabres fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in overtime in the inaugural Winter Classic.
Sabres President Russ Brandon said, "after hosting the first NHL Winter Classic in 2008, we are happy to be able to celebrate the 10-year anniversary by playing in the 2018 game. We look forward to participating in this marquee event and helping to promote the great game of hockey on such a large scale."
The 2018 Winter Classic will be the sixth time the event has been held at a baseball field. The game will be televised on NBC.