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2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Rangers v. Flyers

Rangers alums excited for Classic contest

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Darren Turcotte had a plan for getting the 2012 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game between the Rangers and Flyers some added publicity.

"I was hoping Dave Schultz was playing, because I was going to go after him," said Turcotte, who spent parts of six seasons with the Rangers but was never known for his fighting ability. "Just drop the gloves with Dave Schultz and you'll be on the highlight reels forever."

Alas, Schultz and his 2,294 penalty minutes in 535 career games will not be on the ice when the Flyers and Rangers get together Dec. 31 at Citizens Bank Park. He'll be serving as an off-ice ambassador, but there will be six Hockey Hall of Fame members taking part in the game, including Mike Gartner, who scored 173 goals in 342 games with the Rangers.

Gartner was traded during the 1993-94 season to the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of the many deals engineered by general manager Neil Smith that brought the Rangers their first Stanley Cup in 54 years. At the age of 52, Gartner has enthusiasm for facing the Flyers but far less excitement for where he is physically a month away from the game.
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HHOF members highlight Classic alumni rosters

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Six members of the Hockey Hall of Fame will lace up the skates when alumni from the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers take the ice for the 2012 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game.

The game will be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, on the same outdoor rink at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park that will be the site of the 2012 NHL Winter Classic the next day.

Among those playing for the Flyers will be Hall of Fame members Bob Clarke and Bill Barber, who will reunite with linemate Reggie Leach to re-form the LCB Line, which combined for more than 100 goals and 300 points in the 1975-76 season.

Clarke, Barber and Leach also were part of the Flyers' last Stanley Cup team, in 1975, and will have teammates Larry Goodenough and Joe Watson joining them for the game.

Other former Flyers of recent vintage to take the ice will be recent 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Mark Howe; Mark Recchi, who retired in June after winning the Stanley Cup with the Bruins, but spent 10 of his 22 NHL seasons with the Flyers; Hart Trophy winner Eric Lindros; three-time 50-goal scorer John LeClair; and 500-goal scorer Jeremy Roenick.
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Flyers unveil 'special' Winter Classic jersey

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- After months of speculation, the Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their jersey for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Monday.
 

Photo credit: Len Redkoles (Click to enlarge)

Set in a Philadelphia Phillies clubhouse decked out in Flyers and Winter Classic gear, Flyers Chairman Ed Snider, General Manager Paul Holmgren and current Flyers Blair Betts and Braydon Schenn were on hand for the event.

The jerseys are available at shop.nhl.com, as well as the Wells Fargo Center. They will also be available at the NHL Powered by Reebok Store.
 
The jersey keeps the Flyers' iconic black logo intact, with a darker-tinted orange than seen on their usual jerseys. The shoulders are black, as are the numbers, which are outlined in white. The white nameplate features black lettering. And there are black and off-white stripes along the bottom and sleeves of the jersey.
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Rink preparations begin at Citizens Bank Park

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- The first steps in the rink build for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic were taken Monday morning, as the installation began of the armor decking to protect the field at Citizens Bank Park.
 
Approximately 61,000 square feet of the decking will be installed by a crew from Toronto-based BaAM Productions, headed by project manager Chris Dowling.
 
"This product is designed for military purposes," Dowling told NHL.com. "It locks together with a cam fitting so it's locked in horizontally and vertically, in both planes. So when the equipment drives over it, it has a rating of about 150,000 pounds per square foot. So it's used for much heavier-duty purposes than what we're using it for -- for tanks, for cranes, for the whole deal. We use it for fork lifts, Zambonis, other equipment. It's also used for pedestrian access. It's easier to walk on than it is to walk on the field."
 
When completed, the decking will ring the ballpark's warning traffic, come out under the temporary seating and broadcast positions that will be erected in center field and be the path the players walk from the dugouts to the rink. The only area that won't be covered is where the actual rink will go.
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Flyers to unveil Winter Classic jerseys Monday

NHL.com

Fans will get their first glimpse of what the Philadelphia Flyers will be wearing at the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic when the team's jersey will be unveiled at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 21.

Players will model the jersey in a press event held in the Philadelphia Phillies' clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, the site of this year's event, set for 1 p.m. on Jan. 2, 2012.
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Report: Gretzky warming to Classic Alumni game

NHL.com

It appears that Wayne Gretzky is warming to the idea of playing in the Winter Classic Alumni game on December 31 in Philadelphia.

The Great One originally said family plans for the holidays would keep him out of the game, adding that no one wants to watch a 50-year-old on skates.

But according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, the New York Rangers, specifically GM Glen Sather, Mike Keenan and the Dolan family, have turned up their recruiting efforts.
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HBO to air Flyers-Rangers '24/7' preview Nov. 25

NHL.com

HBO Sports will present "Preview to 24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road To The NHL Winter Classic," a 12-minute preview of the upcoming NHL reality series featuring the spirited rivalry between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers, which is set to air exclusively on HBO.

Debuting Friday, Nov. 25 at 9:15 p.m. ET/PT, the special will serve as a primer to the acclaimed series for new viewers as well as an introduction of the players and coaches who will appear on the all-access series as they prepare for the NHL's iconic outdoor game. 
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Lindros: Legion of Doom will reunite at Winter Classic

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The 2012 Bridgestone Winter Classic will have a late-1990s feel to it.

Former Philadelphia Flyers captain Eric Lindros said on 590 AM radio in Toronto that he would center a reunion of the Flyers' famed Legion of Doom line with John LeClair and Mikael Renberg at the Flyers-Rangers Alumni Game, set for Dec. 31 at Citizen Bank Park in Philadelphia.

"(Flyers General Manager) Paul Holmgren gave me a shout about a month and a half ago and we talked back and forth a little bit, and I was real happy to hear his voice and get the invitation," he said during the Brady and Lang morning show." I told him a while back that I would fly down and have some fun."
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Winter Classic coaches have much in common

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- John Tortorella and Peter Laviolette each grew up in Massachusetts, so they have a lot in common.
 
Among them is the fact that they are the winningest U.S.-born coaches in NHL history. Tortorella leads with 333 wins, with Laviolette close behind with 319.
 
Both also have won the Stanley Cups and have great experience coaching for USA Hockey internationally -- Laviolette coached the U.S. at the 2006 Olympics, while Tortorella was an assistant coach under Ron Wilson at the 2010 Games.
 
"I have a good relationship with Torts," Laviolette told NHL.com. "We've worked some international teams for the U.S. in the past and we both have similar backgrounds with the way we moved up the coaching ranks. I have a lot of respect for him as a coach, but to be honest, I hadn't thought about the coaching matchup much when you start talking about the Winter Classic."
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Foe, proximity have Rangers excited for Classic

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Marian Gaborik admits he has always admired the festive feel that seems to accompany the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
 
He's also grateful that he'll have an opportunity to experience that first-hand when his New York Rangers travel to Citizens Bank Park to face the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2012 Classic set for Jan. 2.
 
"It always seems like a holiday for people that attend this type of hockey game," Gaborik told NHL.com Monday during a press conference to announce this year's participants on Monday.
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