A huge hockey fan who grew up on the border of Canada and occasionally played pond hockey for fun as a kid, I LOVE an outdoor hockey game and I look forward to the Winter Classic every year. This year did not disappoint. Nats Park was transformed into a great outdoor rink facility, the weather was perfect, my seats were amazing and the final outcome ideal (CAPS beat the Blackhawks 3-2). Hockey utopia! I’m hoping the rest of the season will lead the CAPS to the playoffs. Go C-A-P-S!
My Winter Classic Attendance Timeline:
- 2008: The first Winter Classic game at Ralph Wilson Stadium between the Sabres and Penguins in my hometown of Buffalo. Unfortunately, the Penguins won in a shootout 2-1.
- 2011: The fourth WC game at Heinz Field between the Penguins and CAPS in Pittsburgh. The CAPS won 3-1. In a strange way the CAPS beating the Penguins felt like vindication for 2008.
- 2015: The eighth WC game at Nats Park between the CAPS and Blackhawks in Washington, DC. The CAPS won 3-2.