BOSTON — The National Hockey League is coming to Fenway Park.
The league is expected to announce at a news conference there Wednesday that the Boston Bruins will play the third annual Winter Classic at the home of the Boston Red Sox on Jan. 1. The opponent is expected to be the Philadelphia Flyers or the Washington Capitals.
The NHL said Friday the news conference is being held to “make a major announcement concerning a special event.” The league did not respond Friday to an e-mail request for comment.
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs said in late May that he expected the game to be at Fenway and that the NHL would make an official announcement in July.
In the NHL’s other two outdoor games on New Year’s Day, Pittsburgh played Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium in 2008 and Detroit played Chicago at Wrigley Field this year.
Morrison signs deal with Capitals
WASHINGTON — Once an NHL iron man, Brendan Morrison has been left at the curb by three teams in less than 15 months because of injuries. The Washington Capitals believe he’s healthy and ready to be productive again, enough to give him a one-year, $1.5 million deal to take the role of second-line center. The Capitals signed Morrison on Friday, filling the void left when Sergei Fedorov departed to play in Russia at the end of the season.
Wild sign last year’s 1st-rounder
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild have signed last year’s first-round draft pick Tyler Cuma to an entry-level contract. Cuma’s deal was announced Friday. The 19-year-old defenseman was the 23rd overall selection last summer, and the native of Toronto has played the past three seasons at the junior level.