Dallas Stars to host 2020 NHL Winter Classic outdoor game

Pastrnak's Winter Classic sticks feature pasta emoji, football yard markers

Chicago vs. Boston is the first of two outdoor games this season. This week's 2019 Winter Classic between the Bruins and Blackhawks (1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, streaming on fuboTV) marks the first time the yearly game will be played outside of the state of the host team, with the Bruins and Blackhawks both traveling to IN for their New Year's Day special.

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has his Winter Classic mask, and now right wing David Pastrnak has his Winter Classic sticks.

Bettman announced that the city of Dallas would host the Winter Classic while talking on Sirius XM NHL Network Radio this morning. The Stars have played in 20 consecutive New Year's Eve games since the 1997-98 season. The opponents for the Avalanche, as well as the date, have yet to be announced.

Instead, Bettman said the league is considering some riskier options than its usual slate of Original Six and northeastern US franchises. The venue was also not stated, leaving open several possibilities - AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the soon-to-be vacated home of the Texas Rangers, Globe Life Park, or potentially the Cotton Bowl in Dallas' Fair Park. Speculation on site in South Bend was that the Nashville Predators and the Vegas Golden Knights could be in consideration for the 2020 Winter Classic opponent, which would mean a meeting of two "non-traditional markets" for the first time in National Hockey League outdoor game history.

Rosen described the sticks, as seen in the photo above, as featuring football yard markers, something Pastrnak said was tops on his list of desires for the design. Boston will get Brad Marchand back for the game, however.

This will mark the third time St. Louis has hosted the NHL All-Star Game.

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