Report: Caps to get Winter Classic

Report: Caps to get Winter Classic
September 20, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Caps host annual alumni game

In previous years, the Capitals Convention has given fans a chance to participate in an informal Q and A with Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis.

On Saturday morning at the Washington Convention Center, it will be Leonsis taking center stage when he makes a “major announcement” at 10 a.m.

According to a report in The Washington Post, Leonsis will announce that the Capitals will be hosting the 2015 Winter Classic. Nationals Park appears to be the leading candidate to host the game, with details on the venue and the opponent to be revealed on Saturday.

There has been speculation that the Flyers could be the Caps’ opponent in the 2015 Winter Classic but a league source declined to comment on the details of the game.

The Caps played in the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field, winning 3-1 in a game that was delayed until the evening because of sleet and rain.

As is the case for every outdoor hockey game, weather will be a primary concern. According to the daily average for Jan. 1 in D.C. is 36 degrees, with an average high of 44 degrees and an average low of 29 degrees.

The record high for D.C. came in 2005 when the temperature reached 69 degrees. The record low came in 1881 when it got down to minus-14.

In addition to Leonsis’ announcement, all Capitals players, a number of prominent alumni, coaches and management will be on hand at the Convention Center.

The Capitals Convention is a day-long celebration, giving fans an insight into the NHL through interactive hockey experiences, panel sessions and hockey displays. The convention has attracted sold-out crowds of more than 6,500 in previous years.

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