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The Capitals continued to do so through the 2014–15 season, the same year the Flyers adopted their 2012 Winter Classic sweaters as their third jerseys.
 
The Capitals continued to do so through the 2014–15 season, the same year the Flyers adopted their 2012 Winter Classic sweaters as their third jerseys.
 
==Impact==
 
==Impact==
The NHL Winter Classic has proven to be a ratings success for the league in the United States and is regularly the league's most watched regular season contest (in the U.S.), rivaling the ratings for the Stanley Cup.
 
   
Its popularity in the United States led to the American Hockey League adopting a similar contest in 2010, the AHL Outdoor Classic which it has reprised each year since.
 
 
Both the Winter Classic and the earlier Cold War contest helped repopularize outdoor hockey at the college and university level, and several college organizations, minor and junior hockey leagues hold outdoor games each year.
 
 
Despite the overwhelming popularity of the original Heritage Classic between the Montreal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers in 2003, the popularity of the Winter Classic in Canada is low and declining.
 
 
On Canada's CBC Television network, the Winter Classic has lower ratings than its weekly regular season telecasts Hockey Night in Canada.
 
 
This has been attributed to the lack of Canadian teams in any of the Winter Classics and has led to both the revival of the all-Canadian Heritage Classic and the scheduling of the Maple Leafs in the 2014 Winter Classic.
 
 
Sports Illustrated columnist Dan Shaughnessy said of the new Winter Classic, "''[N]ow hockey owns New Year's Day the way baseball owns the Fourth of July and football owns Thanksgiving''."
 
 
===2014 Winter Classic===
 
The 2014 Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs had an NHL-record paid attendance of 105,491 and a television viewership in the U.S. and Canada of 8.2 million television viewers, a North American record for a regular season game.
 
 
Sportsnet's Chris Johnston said, "''The feeling when the players walked into the 87-year-old stadium in front of more than 100,000 fans was truly something special. The biggest and best Winter Classic of them all lived up to its advanced billing''."
 
   
 
==TV Ratings==
 
==TV Ratings==

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