The Winter Classic By The Numbers

via NHL Press Release…


2 Each team is making its second appearance in the NHL Winter Classic; Chicago was defeated 6-4 by Detroit in 2009 at Wrigley Field. Washington bested Pittsburgh by a 3-1 margin at Heinz Field in 2011.

2 Beginning Jan. 1, fans can nominate their community to be one of the two communities (one in Canada, one in the U.S.) that will win the title of Kraft Hockeyville in 2015. The title will earn each community an arena makeover and the honor of hosting an NHL pre-season game in 2015.

5 Of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the U.S. since 1975, five are NHL Winter Classic games.

10 Most number of goals teams have combined to score in a single NHL Winter Classic, four of which were scored by the Blackhawks in their 6-4 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at the 2009 NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.

12 Length, in inches, of the District Duel, which will be served as the Signature Dish of the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. DC’s distinguished foot-long Half Smoke meets Chicago style slow roasted Italian beef, topped with creole mustard, banana peppers and giardiniera. The District Duel is available at Taste of the Major’s stands at sections 115 and 314, and at Anacostia Station at section 217).

14 Players on the Capitals roster who have skated in a regular-season outdoor NHL game. Of those 14, only two have participated in more than one such game: Jason Chimera (2003 NHL Heritage Classic™, 2011 NHL Winter Classic) and Brooks Orpik (2008 NHL Winter Classic, 2011 NHL Winter Classic, 2014 NHL Coors Light Stadium Series™).

16 Number worn by Capitals right wing Eric Fehr, who scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Washington’s 3-1 win at Pittsburgh in the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field.

17 Number of NHL corporate and broadcast partners activating at the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Spectator Plaza presented by GEICO, a free fan festival with hockey-themed attractions, music and fun for all ages that will be held at the Fairgrounds outside the Center Field Gate at Nationals Park, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

20 Estimated direct sales, in millions of dollars, that the NHL Winter Classic will bring to Washington, D.C., according to Destination DC.

21 Players on the Blackhawks roster who have participated in a regular-season outdoor NHL game. That includes 18 players who appeared in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Soldier Field.

24 Feet below street level where the field and rink at Nationals Park sits.

24 Approximate number of kids from the Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club and the Rooftop Hockey League who will skate on the Auxiliary Rink during pre-game and intermissions.
29 Average low temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, for Washington, D.C. in January, according to

34.7 Average temperature in Fahrenheit at puck drop for the six NHL Winter Classic games (2008 – 31.1°, 2009 – 31.9°, 2010 – 39.6°, 2011 – 51.7°, 2012 – 41°, 2014 – 13°).

38 NHLers who have played for both the Capitals and Blackhawks. Of those 38, only one has skated in at least 200 games for both clubs – current Capitals forward Troy Brouwer (CHI: 238, WSH: 211). Brouwer skated for the Blackhawks in the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against Detroit at Wrigley Field.

40 Approximate number of USA Warriors military members that will participate in a hockey game on the NHL Winter Classic rink on Jan. 2.

44 Average high temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, for Washington, D.C. in January, according

53 Length, in feet, of the world’s largest mobile rink refrigeration unit, specially built for outdoor games conducted by the NHL.

88 Total number of points earned by the Capitals in their 90 all-time meetings vs. the Blackhawks.

91 Number worn by Blackhawks center Brad Richards, who tallied the game-winning goal for the New York Rangers in their 3-2 win at Philadelphia in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park.

95 Total number of points earned by the Blackhawks in their 90 all-time meetings vs. the Capitals.

150+ Members of all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, who will be attending the NHL Winter Classic as honored guests of the NHL, and will receive a special salute before the game.

160+ Approximate number of countries and territories that will carry the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® game broadcast.

243 Number of ice pans under the main rink at Nationals Park, each measuring 30” x 340” in size.

300 Ton capacity of refrigeration trailer that will keep the ice cool at Nationals Park.

350 Gallons of paint used to make the Nationals Park ice white.

448 Players and head coaches who have participated in the League’s 13 regular-season outdoor games to date.

600+ Linear feet of LED ribbon board along the inner bowl fascia at the ballpark.

696 Approximate number of miles that separate Chicago and Washington.

2008 Year Nationals Park was completed.

2,555 NHL regular-season games that Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville and Capitals head coach Barry Trotz have combined to coach. Quenneville (1,327 GC; 729 W) and Trotz (1,228 GC; 573 W) rank first and fourth, respectively, among active NHL bench bosses in games coached and wins.

3,000 Gallons of coolant used to freeze the Nationals Park rink.

3,757 Estimated number of jobs in Washington, D.C. supported directly by the NHL Winter Classic, according to Destination DC.

4,500 Square footage of the high-definition scoreboard at Nationals Park.

7,800 Square footage of the American flag to be presented during the National Anthem at the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic (120 feet x 65 feet).

22,184 Estimated number of hotel rooms demanded in Washington, D.C. for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, according to Destination DC.

24,400 Stitch count in the embroidered 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic logo featured in 218 different retail offerings, including 42 headwear, mittens, and scarf styles at the Official NHL Winter Classic Stores at Nationals Park.

115,000 The estimated value, in dollars, the NHL and Washington Capitals, in conjunction with NHL partners Bridgestone and Constellation, and project partners Franklin, Pepco, ECORE International, and CleanRiver Recycling Solutions, funded in upgrades and renovations to the outdoor rink at the Watkins Elementary School and Recreation Center in Southeast Washington, D.C. The donation to the ‘Watkins Rush Rink’ was part of the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Legacy Initiative.

370,716 Total spectators in attendance at the first six NHL Winter Classic games.


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