The NHL officially announced today that the Red Wings and Blackhawks will meet at Chicago's Wrigley Field for the 2009 Winter Classic.
The game, to begin at 1:00 PM Eastern on New Years Day 2009, will be part of a home-and-home series that will see the Blackhawks visit Detroit on December 30, 2008.
The Red Wings' annual tradition of a New Years Eve game will be disrupted by the series. The Wings had played on December 31 in every non-lockout year since 1946, except for 1996.
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