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Left to right: Washington Capitals Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian MacLellan, Center Nicklas Backstrom, Monumental Sports & Entertainment President Dick Patrick, Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Goaltender Braden Holtby, and Washington Capitals Chairman & Owner Ted Leonsis pose for photographs for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman pauses during a press conference to watch a video showcasing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman pauses during a press conference to watch a video showcasing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman pauses during a press conference to watch a video showcasing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a press conference announcing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals Chairman & Owner Ted Leonsis speaks during a press conference announcing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman pauses during a press conference to watch a video showcasing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals Captain Alex Ovechkin, right, Center Nicklas Backstrom, left, and Goaltender Braden Holtby, center, arrive wearing specially designed jerseys for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Officials set up banners in the shape of a hockey rink in the center of Nationals Park for a press conference announcing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Hockey fan Mark Ledy of Washington, D.C. arrives for a press conference announcing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Hockey fans arrive at a press conference announcing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Officials set up banners in the shape of a hockey rink in the center of Nationals Park for a press conference announcing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Capitals fan Bryan Carmahan of Washington, D.C. wears the 2011 Winter Classic hat as he arrives at a press conference announcing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Officals set up banners in the shape of a hockey rink in the center of Nationals Park for a press conference announcing the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 23, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Capitals left wing Andre Burakovsky (65), from Austria, celebrates after his goal in the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, skates on the ice during a pause in the action in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8) takes a shot past Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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**FILE** Ted Leonsis, second from right, Jon Ledecky, right, and Dick Patrick, left, hold up Washington Capitals jerseys at a news conference Wednesday, May 12, 1999, at the MCI Center in Washington. Wednesday, May 12, 1999, at the MCI Center in Washington Leonsis heads an investment group, including Patrick and Ledecky, which purchased the Washington Capitals NHL team from Abe Pollin, second from left, (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates his goal with right wing Patrick Kane (88) during the second period in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins, Monday, June 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates his goal with right wing Patrick Kane (88) during the second period in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins, Monday, June 24, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)