NBC to televise Outdoor NHL Classic – featuring Hawks and Wings at Wrigley

It’s official: The third NHL Winter Outdoor Classic is being held at Wrigley Field here in Chicago featuring the Chicago Blackhawaks and the Detroit Red Wings. The two Original Six rivals will met for the 701st time on January 1, 2009 at Wrigley in a game to be televised by NBC in the United States and possibly by the CBC in Canada.

This year’s outdoor game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. drew a sellout crowd and a 2.6 Nielsen household rating and a 5 household share for NBC.