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Old rivals Bruins and Canadiens will meet in NHL's Winter Classic in home of NFL champs

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FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — The Winter Classic is coming to the home of the New England Patriots.

NHL Commissioner joined officials from the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday to say the Original Six rivals would meet at Gillette Stadium on New Year's Day. The Bruins will be the first team to host the event twice. They also hosted it in 2010, at Fenway Park.

Patriots owner also spoke at the ceremony, just hours after his impassioned "Deflategate" defense.

Bettman notes that the three organizations are among the most successful in their sports, with 34 championships. The Canadiens have won 24 of those, but the Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champs.

Bettman also says the league has extended the game's title sponsorship with Bridgestone for another five years.

PHOTO: Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson, left, walks on the field at Gillette Stadium with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, center, and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs during an event Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass., to promote the NHL Winter Classic hockey game between the Canadiens and Bruins, scheduled to be played in Gillette Stadium on New Year's day 2016.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson, left, walks on the field at Gillette Stadium with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, center, and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs during an event Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass., to promote the NHL Winter Classic hockey game between the Canadiens and Bruins, scheduled to be played in Gillette Stadium on New Year's day 2016. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

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PHOTO: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during an event at Gillette Stadium Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass., to promote the NHL Winter Classic hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins, scheduled to be played there on New Year's day 2016. Seated are New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, center, and Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, right. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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