NHL's Winter Classic Rumored To Be Headed to D.C.

Nationals Park could host outdoor game

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    Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals (L) and Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins (R).

    For months the Capitals have been rumored to play in the NHL's outdoor Winter Classic on New Year's Day. Now comes word the Capitals could even host the game at Nationals Park.

    The Winter Classic started in 2008 in Buffalo with Sidney Crosby headlining the event. Games have been played in Chicago's Wrigley Field and this year in Boston's Fenway Park.

    The Capitals and superstar Alex Ovechkin, however, have yet to appear in the storied contest. 

    But there is speculation that the Penguins would come to town and play the Caps at Nats Park, according to the New England Hockey Journal. The rivalry between Crosby and Ovechkin is already one of the best storylines of the NHL season.  Pitting them against each other on New Year's Day in a (possibly snowy) Nats Park could be every hockey fan's dream.

    Other venues have been rumored in the past, including Beaver Stadium at Penn State University.

    The Caps have the best record in the NHL as teams take a break for the Winter Olympics. Winning brings passionate fans, and that now exists in the D.C. area. More than 18,000 fans are flocking down to the Verizon Center in record fashion, sellout after sellout.

    Now just imagine a sellout at Nationals Park on New Year's Day, and all that money the team and league could make on a Crosby-Ovechkin outdoor battle...