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As part of the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® festivities, the National Hockey League (NHL) will host the first-ever Outdoor Women’s Classic presented by Scotiabank, an abbreviated exhibition game on the outdoor rink at Gillette Stadium.

The game will take place on December 31 and feature the Boston Pride of the newly-formed National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) versus Les Canadiennes of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL).

The shortened exhibition game will be held at 2 p.m. ET, followed by an NHL alumni game at 3:30 p.m.

On New Year’s Day, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens play in an NHL game that will count in the standings.

As to TV on the Canadiennes-Pride game, this update via Jen Neale of Puck Daddy:

“…One massive area of confusion is the media coverage. The Montreal-Boston NHL Alumini Game will be broadcasted on NBCSN in the US and Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. NHL Network’s programming for the week has a recap show penciled in at the time of the women’s game. Therefore, no broadcast of the women’s game on TV. With that being the case, online streaming is likely out, too.

Why? To put it bluntly, visuals. If a majority of the stadium seats are empty, that’s not going to look good. It is absolutely unfair, but it’s the nature of sphere right now….”

 

 

The Canadiennnes (formed as the Montreal Stars) won the Clarkson Cup in 2009, 2011  and 2012 for winning the highest honour in North American women’s hockey. The team has played in the CWHL since 2007, its inaugural season. The team plays its home games in Centre Etienne Desmarteau.

The Pride, one of the four charter franchises of the NWHL, are in their first season. They play home games at the Bright Hockey Center at Harvard in Allston, MA.

Montreal-Boston women’s hockey has enjoyed a rivalry. The Boston Blades of the CWHL won two Clarkson Cups – in 2013 and 2015 – both against the Montreal Stars in the Finals. The Boston Blades, in the league since 2010, play their home games at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro.

 

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