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Reports: Sun glare could push back start time of Winter Classic

Winter Classic rink

The rink at Nationals Park in Washington stands coated with ice Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, in preparation for the New Year’s Day Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game between the Washington Capitals and the Chicago Blackhawks. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


Weather conditions have always been a topic of discussion and concern in the days leading up to NHL outdoor games and there is no exception when it comes to the 2015 Winter Classic.

The fear this time is glare from sunshine, which is what delayed the 2014 Stadium Series game between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium in January.

Weather forecasts for the Washington area are calling for sunny skies and cool temperatures on Thursday, and according to numerous reports, the scheduled start time of 1 p.m. ET for the Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks could be pushed back due to glare from the sun at Nationals Park.

“We were warned today there might be a time change based on glare,” said Capitals forward Brooks Laich as per CSN Washington. “Too much sun. I think I’d rather deal with sun than rain. Even with sun you’re going to have a better product on the ice.”

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