PITTSBURGH - JULY 27: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman addresses the media at the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic press conference on July 27 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

NHL Winter Classic May Come To Washington D.C. In 2014, But Not Official Yet

Washington D.C. has emerged as the favorite to host the 2014 NHL Winter Classic, according to reports. However, team owner Ted Leonsis wrote that this has not been decided yet.

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Winter Classic: No Official Date For Game In DC, According To Ted Leonsis

Over the Holiday weekend rumors started to emerge that the Winter Classic would be coming to the District in 2014, and that the Mall would be a potential place that the game could be held. While that would be incredible, the details of holding such a game there seemed a little bit infeasible. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis took to his blog to dispel any rumors, claiming that while he is sure a game would be played in D.C. at some point, there is no official date yet.

So – to set the record straight – there has NOT been any communication to us on a formal basis as to a Winter Classic coming to DC in a specific year. I have been told that the Winter Classic will NOT be coming to DC next year though. I have also been assured that because of the size of our fan base – and the beauty of our city – that a Winter Classic would come to Washington DC; at some point in the future. And that is good enough for me.

He went on to say that the Mall is not a possible location because of size limitations and the public nature of the park. He doesn't mention another venue that is the favorite to house such an event, but he does say there are a number of viable candidates. So while there is no agreement in place to hold a Winter Classic in D.C. at a specific date, Leonsis does not rule anything out. Except of course holding the game on the Mall.

For more on this and all things related to the Capitals, head over to Japers' Rink.

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NHL Winter Classic: Washington D.C. 'Favorite' To Get 2014 Game, According To Report

The Washington Capitals participated in the 2011 NHL Winter Classic on the road in Pittsburgh, and they may soon be participating again in the near future. This time, though, the game would take place in their own city. Washington D.C. has emerged as the "favorite" to host the game in 2014, according to ESPN's Craig Custance, though it remains unclear what venue would host the game.

The Capitals were promised a Winter Classic and are the favorite to host the 2014 game. There are options for venues in the area, including FedEx Field, M & T Bank Stadium (71,008 capacity for football), Nationals Park and Camden Yards. There's more money to be made by returning to a football stadium, assuming the league can avoid any scheduling conflicts with the Ravens and Redskins.


Related: More 2012 NHL Winter Classic coverage

When asked about the promise, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told ESPN that the league will "get to it." The news backs up a CSN Washington report that D.C. has been promised the Winter Classic in the near future.

The 2012 game is in Philadelphia and pits the New York Rangers against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Detroit Red Wings are the favorites to host the 2013 game.

For more on the Capitals, visit Japers' Rink.

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