NHL News: NHL prepares Winter Classic Announcement at Fenway Park, schedule release to follow

As we discussed yesterday, the NHL is releasing the schedule for the 2009-10 season at 3PM EST this afternoon, precluded by a press conference at Fenway Park in Boston at 2 PM to make a major announcement, presumably about this year's Winter Classic.

Here is the release, courtesy of NHL.com

Fenway Park to host NHL major announcement

Friday, 07.10.2009 / 1:30 PM / News




The National Hockey League will make a major announcement concerning a special event


Wednesday, July 15 @ 2:00 p.m. ET


Fenway Park
Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215

**This event also will be simulcast on NHL Network and streamed live on NHL.com**


Media should enter via the media entrance at Gate D, located at the corner of Yawkey Way and Van Ness Street. Doors will open at 1:00 p.m. ET.

In the event of rain, media should still enter via Gate D and proceed to the State Street Pavilion.

The attached picture was twittered out a little while ago, so I guess that will put any doubt to rest.

Notice the banners beyond the Green Monster, Flyers and Bruins. Word is the Capitals will instead play the Canadiens at Olympic Stadium in November as part of the Habs Centennial.