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The last Winter Classic in Chicago was a sellout between Blackhawks and Detroit at Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, 2009. Blackhawks president John McDonough expects a full house next year at Soldier Field.

“There’s going to be great, great demand for this game,” McDonough said. “You can be sure we’re going to be asking to host another one.”

The Blackhawks are the first team to host two outdoor games.

“This combination catches the imagination and gives our fans a special experience,” Bettman said. “For the teams involved, fans can’t get enough of it. We think we can manage this, put on all six games well.”