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2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Rangers v. Flyers

Craig ready to begin the Winter Classic crunch

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- The NHL's refrigeration truck was finally parked on Hartranft Street outside Citizens Bank Park at approximately 9:53 Monday morning. NHL Senior Director of Facilities Operations Dan Craig was here well before, waiting to get started on Day 1 of the buildout for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

By noon Monday, the first pieces of the rink's subfloor were being placed down and connected like a puzzle while the ice pans that connect the base of the rink to the truck outside the stadium were being hauled in on fork lifts. Outside, workers were beginning to connect the pipe to the truck.

Craig appeared in charge and at ease despite walking briskly from location to location with a radio seemingly attached to his ear. He's been to this stadium enough times to know all its ins and outs, nooks and crannies, so he's comfortable in this element. He's also thrilled to be back doing another NHL outdoor game, the seventh of his career.

'24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic' Episode Two airs on Dec. 21


Episode #2

Debut: Wednesday, Dec. 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates:

Dec. 21 (11:00 p.m.)
Dec. 22 (5:30 p.m., 11:50 p.m.)
Dec. 23 (3:00 p.m.)
Dec. 24 (11:30 a.m., 11:55 p.m.)
Dec. 25 (8:45 a.m.)
Dec. 26 (4:00 p.m., 2:00 a.m.)
Dec. 31 (11:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Dec. 25 (midnight) and 27 (9:00 p.m.), and Jan. 2 (8:00 a.m.)

HBO On Demand availability begins: Dec. 26

Fans soak in premiere of "24/7" at NHL Store

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Staff Writer

Fans of all ages convened at the viewing party at the NHL Store Powered by Reebok on 6th Avenue and 47th Street in Manhattan for an inside look at Rangers' coach John Tortorella, Flyers' coach Peter Laviolette and the daily routine of each side of the "Broadway vs. Broad Street" rivalry.

With chances to win prizes, complimentary food served and a chance to see their favorite NHL players in an entirely different light, Rangers and Flyers fans took part in an event that they would not soon forget.
"It was a nice experience -- very enjoyable," said Anthony from Brooklyn, N.Y. "I'm glad I came out. It was nice to see the players in a whole new light. Even when you're at the game, you don't hear a lot of what the players and coaches are talking about. It was a great experience for the fans."

'24/7' brings fans up close to Rangers and Flyers

Bob Condor - NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

The HBO series "24/7" returned Wednesday night to begin another four-week immersion with the two teams headed for the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. This time it is "24/7 Flyers/Rangers" heading for Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Jan. 2. Fans of last year's "Penguins/Capitals" version will immediately begin comparing and contrasting.

Yes, there is profanity from a coach -- notably from the New York Rangers' John Tortorella -- but in more measured doses than Bruce Boudreau of the Capitals, who inspired bloggers last December to keep a running tab of his four-letter terms. You will likely surmise Tortorella's cursing is more effective, at least from your benchside view, as Tortorella chews out forward Marian Gaborik, who responds by going out to score an important third-period goal in a win.

Oh, definitely, there are characters emerging from this December's first episode that will make you laugh over the next four weeks. None is more likely to make you snort than 31-year-old Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. It is not a stretch to connect the dots between "Bryz" (as his coach, Peter Laviolette, calls him when announcing the starting lineup to the team) and, say, Robin Williams -- Williams ad-libs his way through life (and movies), and it appears Bryzgalov might just be a similar scene-stealer every time he shows up on "24/7 Flyers-Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic."

Rangers, Flyers join fans in anticipating '24/7' debut

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"It's a great tool for the fans, this '24/7.' I enjoy that they focus on hockey, but they also focus on the things we do off the ice, just everyday living, things that are sometimes forgotten about. It's cool that everybody gets to see what we see every day." -- Rangers' Mike Rupp

NEW YORK -- Rangers fans that think Dan Girardi is all business all the time may have a different opinion of the defenseman shortly after 10 p.m. ET Wednesday night, when the first episode of HBO's "24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic" is scheduled to air.

"I think he's first star, for sure," said Michael Del Zotto, Girardi's neighbor in the Rangers' dressing room. "I think 'G' gets the Broadway hat for HBO."

Henrik Lundqvist agreed, saying he expects Girardi to be HBO's breakout star because of his one-liners. However, Mike Rupp is looking for Artem Anisimov to be the Rangers biggest surprise.

NHL to create free fan festival outside of Citizens Bank Park

"Spectator Plaza" offers a host of attractions for fans of all ages


NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL®,) in conjunction with the City of Philadelphia will extend the celebration of the Jan. 2 outdoor game between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers with its official 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Spectator Plaza, a free, three-day fan festival just outside the gates of Citizens Bank Park™. 

From Saturday, Dec. 31 through Monday, Jan. 2, Citizens Bank Way, between Phillies Drive and Pattison Ave., will transform into an outdoor hockey and entertainment festival for fans of all ages with live musical performances, interactive hockey-themed attractions, prizes and giveaways, food, beverage, and merchandise tents with officially licensed Rangers® and Flyers® NHL Winter Classic merchandise.



HBO Sports' groundbreaking "24/7" reality franchise, which has captured 14 Sports Emmy® Awards, will again join forces with the National Hockey League® to take viewers inside one of the NHL's great rivalries -- the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers. 24/7 FLYERS/RANGERS: ROAD TO THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC will follow the two clubs simultaneously, chronicling their highs and lows each week. The build-up and excitement surrounding the rivalry reaches its apex when they meet in the fifth edition of the NHL's annual outdoor game -- 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 2 at Citizens Bank Park™ in Philadelphia.

Parent to play for Flyers alums at Winter Classic


Bernie Parent will be in the Flyers' net during the Winter Classic Alumni Game. (Photo: Getty Images)
The Philadelphia Flyers bolstered their goaltending over the summer by signing Ilya Bryzgalov. On Wednesday, they did it again by bringing in a Hall-of-Fame goaltender to play in the Winter Classic Alumni Game.

Bernie Parent, who won the Hart Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup with the Flyers in 1974 and 1975, will suit up against the Rangers' alumni on Dec. 31 at Citizens Bank Park.

Parent confirmed he would be playing with a post on his official Twitter account.

The 66-year-old Parent had been listed as an ambassador for the game. According to the Flyers, Parent will play 5-10 minutes in the exhibition.

Ron Hextall will replace Parent in the ambassador role.

Flyers-Rangers Winter Classic just a month away

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The construction has started. The uniforms are ready. The HBO cameras are rolling.

One month from today, the puck will drop for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

The NHL's yearly winter extravaganza is a month away, and the excitement already is building.

The first stages of the rink build started Nov. 26 at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, when approximately 61,000 square feet of armor decking was laid down to protect the field and outline where the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers will skate.
Watch the Rink Build

That same day, the Flyers unveiled the uniforms they'll wear for the big event. The jerseys look a bit different than what they usually wear, with the orange jerseys complemented by black shoulders and black and off-white striping.

Rangers' Winter Classic jerseys draw rave reviews

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Henrik Lundqvist, known more in some circles for his fashion sense than for his ability to stop pucks, offered his assessment on the jerseys the New York Rangers will wear at the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 2.

"I'm excited to see it on the ice with full equipment and not jeans," Lundqvist said Monday after the team unveiled the jerseys at Wollman Rink in Central Park. "I think it's going to look really good out there. They did a good job designing it."

The jerseys donned by Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky and Dan Girardi on Monday pay homage to the team's long history.

An Original Six franchise founded in 1926, the logo on the chest of the cream-colored jersey is less square than the current one and more rounded at the bottom. The sleeves feature a pair of blue stripes surrounding a thicker red stripe. The Winter Classic patch can be found on the right shoulder of the jerseys that's also dark blue. The red and blue stripes at the base of the jersey complete the classic look that will be on display at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia when the Rangers face the Flyers.
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