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NHL set to announce Winter Classic at Fenway on July 15

As first reported on WEEI.com last night, the NHL [1] will be traveling to Fenway Park [2] on Wednesday July 15 to announce the storied Boston ballpark as the next setting for the NHL [3] Winter Classic in 2009-10. The announcement is set to take place at 2 p.m. at the Fens, and WEEI.com also first reported that the New Year’s Day game will pit the Boston Bruins [4] against the Philadelphia Flyers [5].

Friday morning’s press release indicated only that the NHL will have a “major announcement” to make at Fenway next week, but multiple sources have already indicated to WEEI.com that it will be the official reveal for next season’s Winter Classic at the Fens — along with at least one other outdoor hockey involving BU and BC to take place at Fenway Park on January 8. The Bruins also announced that they will release their entire NHL regular season schedule on July 15 as well the critical upcoming dates for the 2009-10 season — with rookie set to report to training camp on Sept. 5 and returning players will open regular training camp on Sept. 12.

The Bruins have eight preseason games scheduled, as they will face the New York Rangers [6], Montreal Canadiens [7] and Columbus Blue Jackets [8] twice and the Toronto Maple Leafs [9] and Ottawa Senators [10] once. They will open their preseason schedule with back-to-back road games on Tuesday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 16 against the Rangers and Maple Leafs before returning home to face the Rangers on Saturday, September 19. 

The Bruins will then travel to Quebec City where they will play the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday, September 20 in their only neutral site game of the preseason. Following the matchup with the Habs, the Black & Gold will play three straight on the road at Columbus (9/22), Montreal (9/24) and Ottawa (9/25) before wrapping up the ‘€™09 preseason at home against the Blue Jackets on Saturday, September 26.