Hockey is a sport about traditions, and episode three of Road to the NHL Winter Classic ( aka: Road to the NHL Outdoor Classic) introduces us to the rituals of the season on and off the ice, in Russian and Swedish, and from the streets of New York to the ski slopes of Vail. Both the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks enter the Christmas break looking to shrug off emotional losses on the ice by re-connecting with family and friends away from the ice, and re-emerge refreshed and refocused, resulting in wins for both teams as they prepare for the January 1 matchup at Nationals Park.
Runtime: 60 minutes
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The 2017 NHL Winter Classic (officially the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic) was a regular-season outdoor National Hockey League (NHL) game that was held on January 2, 2017. The game featured the St. Louis Blues taking on the Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, home of Major League Baseball's Cardinals. The game was announced on March 9, 2016, after news of the matchup had been leaked on February 7 before the details had been finalized, and was one of four outdoor regular-season games during the 2016–17 NHL season. At the opening ceremony, in a break with Winter Classic tradition, only the flag of the United States–and not Canada–was carried in by a color guard, and only a giant Stars & Stripes–not a Maple Leaf flag–was displayed on the field. The only national anthem sung was the Star Spangled Banner, and not O Canada, marking the first time in the game's history that both anthems were not sung, and the flags of both nations were not displayed.
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In the United States, the game was broadcast by NBC. In Canada, the game was broadcast in English on Sportsnet, and in French by TVA Sports. Sportsnet simulcast NBC's feed while TVA used NBC's video. Epix would produce a documentary series, Road to the NHL Outdoor Classics, focusing on preparations for both the Winter Classic and NHL Centennial Classic. Unlike previous years, where NBC was able to share resources with other rightsholders at the Winter Classic, NBC was the only rightsholder with a production presence at the game. St. Louis native and NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas contributed to pre-game coverage. An average of 2.557 million viewers watched the U.S. broadcast, making it the tenth highest-rated regular season broadcast on NBC, but the lowest-rated Winter Classic overall, continuing a years-long decline in viewership for the event.
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