Source: Bruins to host '16 Classic

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins will host the Montreal Canadiens in the 2016 NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium, a league source confirmed Monday.

The game will be held at the home of the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. The official announcement will be made at this weekend's NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio.

This season's Winter Classic was held between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

The Bruins hosted the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park and defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime.

"It would be pretty unbelievable," Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton said of the matchup. "There were rumors about it last year that we were going to have it this year, and you kind of get excited when you hear that. I was kind of hoping that really didn't pass by and we'd still have that chance.

"If it happens, I think it's pretty exciting. I've never done anything like that. Probably the coolest things for me would be the retro jerseys and retro gear. I think it would be cool. To play outside in that football stadium would be an experience you'll never forget."

Of the current Bruins roster, only Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Zdeno Chara played in the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park. Milan Lucic was injured, and goaltender Tuukka Rask served as Tim Thomas' backup.

WEEI.com had earlier reported the matchup at Gillette Stadium.