The Bruins and Canadiens will play the Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium. (via Bruins/Twitter)
The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens took to Gillette Stadium to officially announce the Winter Classic for Jan. 1, 2016, and showed off a pair of new logos. The clubs also announced an alumni game will take place on Dec. 31 as part of the festivities.The Boston Bruins are getting prepared for the second Winter Classic in franchise history and at a press conference today the team and their opponent, the longtime rival Montreal Canadiens, unveiled the logos they’ll be using for the outdoor tilt. According to TSN 690 in Montreal, the two teams will be facing off in classic style, donning jerseys that closely mirror those worn in the 1924-25 season, more than 90 years before their outdoor game is set to take place. The Bruins logo, which utilizes an arching font over top of a Bruin, is a slight alteration of the jerseys Boston wore during that campaign, the first in Bruins history. The jerseys, according to NHLUniforms.com, were only worn for the inaugural season before Boston switched to a busy white, brown and yellow striped jersey the following campaign. As for Montreal, the team’s jerseys from the 1924-25 campaign were just about exactly what you would come to expect of the team. However, one would expect the globe, which signified them as world champions, will be replaced with a more classic, white version of their logo, which you can see below via ESPN's Joe McDonald.
For the Canadiens, it will be their third time playing in an outdoor contest, as the franchise has participated in two Heritage Classic games. The first, in 2003, was played in Edmonton and the second, in 2011, was the Heritage Classic in Calgary. The game will take place at Gillette Stadium, which plays home to the NFL’s New England Patriots. “Gillette Stadium is a magnificent setting for this storied rivalry between the Bruins and Canadiens,” said Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs. “And the NHL could not have delivered a better matchup for our fans. We look forward to a great game.” In addition to officially announcing the Winter Classic, the Bruins and Canadiens announced they will put together alumni teams to take part in a game on the outdoor rink on New Year’s Eve. “Fan-favorites will return to the ice to represent these historic organizations one more time and revive the history this great NHL rivalry,” the Bruins said in a release.
Canadiens logo for Winter Classic. pic.twitter.com/BwFOroaw4h— Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) July 29, 2015