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Monday, March 29, 2010

As the Tribune-Review first reported March 14, Pittsburgh is a leading candidate for the 2011 NHL Winter Classic -- an outdoor hockey game that would be played at Heinz Field.

The Penguins likely would play the Washington Capitals on Jan. 1, 2011 -- a marquee match for the NHL between its two top draws, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin.

Officials from the Penguins and NHL again declined comment Sunday after several media outlets picked up on the story over the weekend. The NHL isn't expected to announce details for the next Classic until the summer.

In the Trib's March 14 report, Steelers communications coordinator Dave Lockett confirmed that the NFL team had been in contact with the NHL about bringing the game to Heinz Field, and virtually all of the 65,000 seats in that stadium could be used.

The Penguins played against the Buffalo Sabres in the 2008 Winter Classic at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Classic was played at Chicago's Wrigley Field and Boston's Fenway Park the past two seasons.

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