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Gary Bettman: Blackhawks unlikely to play in 2020 Winter Classic

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The NHL Commissioner says Chicago probably won’t play at Cotton Bowl Stadium.

2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Boston Bruins v Chicago Blackhawks Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said during a media scrum Tuesday afternoon that the Blackhawkslikely won’t be considered” for the 2020 Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, reports Scott Powers of The Athletic.

The Stars will host the annual outdoor showcase for the first time on Jan. 1, 2020. It will be the furtherest south the NHL will have the Winter Classic. The NHL did play a Stadium Series game in 2014 at Dodgers Stadium between the Ducks and Kings.

On Tuesday, the NHL announced the 2020 Winter Classic and the 2020 Stadium Series. The latter will be hosted by the Avalanche on Feb. 15, 2020, at Falcon Stadium at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

The Blackhawks played in their fourth Winter Classic on Tuesday, when they faced the Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Prior to Tuesday’s game, Chicago was 1-4 in outdoor games, including a 0-3 mark in the Winter Classic. The Blackhawks lone win outdoors was a 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh during the 2014 Stadium Series at Solider Field in Chicago.