The National Hockey League today unveiled the logo that they’ll be using for the 11th instalment of their annual Winter Classic outdoor game.
For 2019, the game will be played at Notre Dame Stadium in or around South Bend, Indiana, home of your Notre Dame Fighting Irish; the game will be played on January 1st right in the middle of bowl season. The game will be played between the Chicago Blackhawks (local team) and Boston Bruins (Irish team?).
The logo, designed by both Fanbrandz and NHL Creative Services features a shamrock, obviously a nod to the Fighting Irish; the rest of the logo is your standard NHL Winter Classic design — the inclusion of icicles and the Winter Classic wordmark which has been used since the first Winter Classic in 2008.
This is the second Winter Classic to be held in a NCAA football stadium, the 2014 Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs was played at “The Big House” in Ann Arbor, Michigan, home of the Michigan Wolverines; the event shattered an NHL attendance record with 105,491 showing up for the game. Notre Dame Stadium can hold about 77,000 for football.
In case you were wondering, the last “Rudy” to play in the NHL was Rudy Poeschek who retired in 2000 following a dozen seasons in the league with the Rangers, Jets, Lightning, and Blues, he scored 6 goals in 364 career games.