A new game at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, is joining the Winter Classic as an outdoor NHL event in 2018, according to a report from the Associated Press.
From the AP:
Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday that the Capitals and Maple Leafs will meet March 3 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the league had not announced the event.
The 34,000-seat stadium hosts Navy football games and the Military Bowl.
It's the first game at a service academy though quite possibly not the last. The league has explored doing games at the Army's home at West Point and at the Air Force Academy.
An NHL Network bit, per the AP, suggested the league will officially detail a game at Navy this week. And even with some critics reigniting talks of outdoor-game overkill during this season's Stadium Series, a showcase in Annapolis probably couldn't hurt attempts to spice up the hockey market.
The New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers, the AP notes, played a preseason indoor game at West Point in 2016, but the Naval Academy showdown between two postseason contenders would be a historic first for the league.