President Barack Obama has welcomed only one of his hometown Chicago sports teams, the Chicago Blackhawks, to the White House and let the other Chicago teams know his time was running out to see them before 2017.
Before the start of this season, Blackhawks president John McDonough made the bold prediction that the Winter Classic might be the biggest game in the franchise's history. Months later, his words ring true.
According to the NHL, more than 400 workers will take part in transforming the second-oldest ballpark in the major leagues into a hockey venue for just the second regular-season outdoor game ever played in the United States.
Wrigley Field is going to be the frozen confines on New Year's Day 2009 when the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings meet the Chicago Blackhawks outdoors in the home park of the Chicago Cubs.
Patrick Kane's sophomore season has already had its ups and downs, the firing of his only NHL coach and the anticipation of this season's Winter Classic. He discusses all with David Amber is this week's Facing Off.