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Focus shifts to the '13 Winter Classic

Updated: September 27, 2011, 12:08 PM ET
By Craig Custance

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was in Philadelphia yesterday to officially announce the 2012 Winter Classic between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, and even he couldn't do it without making a joke, calling it the league's worst kept secret. As far as press conferences go, this was one of the more anticlimatic.

The more interesting question isn't about this Winter Classic, it's about the next one. In his annual state-of-the-league address during the 2010 Stanley Cup finals, Bettman not only confirmed the 2011 game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, he said that Washington will host a Winter Classic event in the next two or three years.

"In doing our due diligence for this game, we could not help but be impressed by the fan interest and the possibilities in Washington, D.C.," Bettman said in 2010.

With that in mind, we checked in with Capitals owner Ted Leonsis on Monday to see if Washington was indeed the front-runner to host the 2013 Winter Classic.

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