It’s official – Bruins will play Habs in outdoor game next year

Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban, left, scores past Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask during the first period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

COLUMBUS (WPRI) – It’s official – the Boston Bruins will play the Montreal Canadiens in an outdoor game in Foxboro next January.

The National Hockey League made the announcement Saturday in Columbus during All-Star Game events, confirming what’s been suspected for about a week.

The game is set for January 1, 2016, at Gillette Stadium. It will be the second Winter Classic appearance for the Bruins, who won their 2010 outdoor game at Fenway Park against the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime.

Boston joins the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and Flyers among the teams that have already played two outdoor games. Boston is, however, the only team to host two Winter Classics.

Aside from being played outdoors, the Winter Classic is an otherwise normal regular-season game. The first was played in 2008 between the Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres.

Boston and Montreal are two of the National Hockey League’s “Original Six” teams and have been arch-rivals for decades, meeting 34 times in the playoffs; the last time the two squared off was last year’s Eastern Conference semi-finals last May, in which Montreal ended Boston’s championship hopes with a Game 7 win.

There’s no word from the league on when tickets will go on sale, or how much they’ll cost.

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