Hockey

Fenway Park holding next NHL Winter Classic?

The Boston Red Sox are in talks with the NHL to host next year's version of the Winter Classic at Fenway Park, a baseball official said on Thursday.

The Boston Red Sox are in talks with the NHL to host next year's version of the Winter Classic at Fenway Park, a baseball official said on Thursday.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because no deal has been reached.

But a couple of local news outlets are confirming that the deal is already done — both the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe say Fenway has the 2010 NHL Winter Classic in the bag, meaning that the hometown Bruins will indeed host the third annual version of the outdoor event.

Close to 49,000 braved the elements at Chicago's Wrigley Field to take in the 2009 Winter Classic, pitting the Blackhawks against the Red Wings, and 71,000 Sabres fans had their hearts broken when Sidney Crosby gave Pittsburgh a shootout win over Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2008.

Both were on New Year's Day, the likely date for next year's outdoor game.

With files from the Associated Press

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