Let’s Talk About the Winter Classic

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The 2019 Winter Classic was unveiled yesterday which means we are now allowed to talk about outdoor hockey in July.

The logo itself is meh. It’s not bad. It’s not great. It’s fine. I mean it’s a logo, how excited can you expect me to get about it?


For a game being played at Notre Dame Stadium between two cities with large Irish American populations, it’s about what you would expect.

The upside is that the unveiling opens the door to talking about the Winter Classic, or as I like to call it, “Opening Day Part II.”

While the season officially starts in October, it really doesn’t start to feel like hockey season until January. Just like basketball season doesn’t really start until the NBA Finals Christmas, hockey season doesn’t really start until somebody plays outside. But that’s not even the best part of the Winter Classic. The best part is the sweaters.

From the release of the new designs to watching them on the ice to debating between groceries or a new sweater, the jerseys make the Winter Classic that much better. My first hockey jersey was a 2009 Blackhawks Winter Classic jersey. I still prefer it over my others. This year should look good on ice. Two original six teams with a long of history of good looking sweaters playing at venue known for having a clean looking football team. Based on previous Winter Classic sweaters though, I’m giving the edge to Chicago.

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