The NHL Network debuted its half-hour special, "Ivy and Ice – All Access: The 2009 Winter Classic" on Monday. But, no worries, if you missed it. NHL Network will re-air the special Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. EST.
The NHL Network's always stellar all-access format will be in what you might call "Classic" mode for the special, covering everything from how the rink was built in the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field to the rousing pre-game scene to the back-and-forth action on the ice.
By all accounts, the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic was a smash hit. This programming night figures to be the same.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie