The 2017 Winter Classic will be played in Toronto this Sunday, Dec. 12, as the NHL and NHLPA officially announced a six-year contract extension that will bring a record-breaking 10 NHL teams to the Maple Leafs’ home turf for their first outdoor game.
The NHLPA and NHL decided to extend their collective bargaining agreement with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2017.
The deal, which has an average value of $2.4 billion per year, comes after three successful seasons in Toronto.
The league announced the deal Tuesday afternoon, saying it would “not only increase the capacity of this historic game to a record level, but to also offer an even greater opportunity for the game to grow and attract more fans.”
The Maple Leafs will host the Boston Bruins on Sunday, March 11, 2020, as they are the first Canadian team to make the trip to Toronto.
The first-ever outdoor NHL game will also be played on the west coast, with the Buffalo Sabres hosting the San Jose Sharks in 2019.
The next-best game is to be played at Rogers Centre in Toronto, where the Toronto Raptors host the New York Knicks on Saturday, April 1.
The game will mark the final home game of the 2020-21 season.
The first outdoor NHL home game will be held on Oct. 19, 2020.
The final game at the Rogers Centre will be the final game on the road.
The Leafs’ next outdoor game will not be played until 2020.
The game will start at 5:30 p.m.
ET and will be televised on Sportsnet and TVA20.
The event will be broadcast on SportsNet and TVO in Canada, Sportsnet 360 in the United States and Sportsnet ONE in the U.K.
The games will be hosted by the Toronto Blue Jays and broadcast on CBC and SportsNet 590 in Canada.
The Blue Jays also host the Toronto Marlies in 2019 and the Edmonton Oilers in 2018.
The Marlies host the Detroit Red Wings in 2019 as well.
The teams will play their first game of next season at Rogers Arena in Toronto on March 25.
The team is expected to begin practicing for the 2021-22 season on March 24.