Bill Belichick skates on Winter Classic ice at Gillette Stadium (Video)

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The NHL’s Winter Classic often brings neat photo ops involving celebrity hockey fans who live in the same area as the game. 

On Thursday morning, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick took the ice with Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien at Gillette Stadium, the location of this year’s New Years Day game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.

As seen in the above video Belichick wore his famed hooded sweatshirt. Gilette Stadium is the home of the Patriots.

Belichick, winner of four Super Bowls as New England's head coach, was asked about hockey at his press conference Thursday morning, via NESN. 

“Oh, yeah. I mean we didn’t have a lot of ice in Maryland, but skated at Andover, skated (at) Wesleyan,” Belichick said. “I played in the old huff-and-puff league when I was in New Jersey with the Giants. … Oh, you know, it’s like 30-, 40-year-old guys playing at midnight — it’s the only time you could get ice time — drive 45 minutes to go out there and fall around and slash each other. “I wish I could have played hockey. That’s a great sport. It’s fast, lot of action, contact, skill, speed.”

Julien was reportedly a guest at New England Patriots practice Wednesday.

"He’s played hockey before, and I told him before I went out there, I said those skates are going to be a lot stiffer than what you’re used to. So it was just about getting used to it,” Julien said. From what I saw from him, to be honest, was the second he put his skates on to how he finished, he improved quite a bit. I wish my players could improve that quickly."

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