The much-anticipated 2010 Bridgestone NHL  Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at Fenway Park  has already sparked huge interest from fans yearning for tickets, and the NHL  announced Tuesday afternoon that a ticket drawing for the general public will take place on Sept. 15 at noon.
The drawing, which will randomly pick lucky fans as ticket winners, will come to a close on Oct. 5 at 11:59 a.m. after everyone has had a chance to enter the ticket derby. Winners will be notified by Oct. 20 and allowed to buy one pair of tickets — with prices ranging from $50-$350 depending on the seats chosen at Fenway.
It’s expected that the Fenway upper level seats will be the most expensive of the bunch, just as those particular seats were at Wrigley last January. The ticket drawing will be hosted exclusively through the NHL.com website, but interested fans should stay tuned for any more details concerning ticket prices and availability for pucks on ice at the Fens moving forward.
Season-ticket owners for the Bruins and Flyers will receive notification in late August concerning the process of buying Winter Classic tickets, and every full season ticket holder is guaranteed a chance to purchase tickets. Given that over 200,000 people entered the ticket drawing for the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field last season, there’s going to be a pretty healthy amount of luck involved for those hoping to win their way into watching the Bruins skate at Fenway.
Fans seeking information about a chance to win the right to purchase tickets to the 2010 Bridgestone/NHL Winter Classic® can sign up at www.nhl.com/winterclassic  to receive detailed alerts regarding the NHL Winter Classic — for example, how and when to register for the opportunity to get their hands on the hottest tickets in hockey.
The NHL also announced that it again will make a certain number of tickets available for local youth hockey groups in Boston. This year, the Boston Bruins  Foundation will coordinate the youth hockey initiative ticket drawing for young hockey fans in the greater Boston area. The B’s will release details later this month on the community program.