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2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Philadelphia Report

Giroux's sister engaged at Winter Classic

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

Claude Giroux got an interesting phone call a few days before Sunday's Phildelphia Flyers practice for the 2012 Bridgestone Winter Classic.

It was his sister Isabelle's boyfriend, Eric, and he was looking for some advice.

"I'm going to propose to your sister, when should I do it?" he asked Giroux.

"Just do it on the ice," was Giroux's response.

So when the Flyers finished practice Sunday and their families were permitted to go for a little skate at Citizens Bank Park, Eric came prepared to pop the big question. Except it took him some time to build up the nerve.

Diamond family spending Christmas at the rink

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- For the Diamond family, it was a very different Christmas celebration.

Kevin Diamond; his son, also named Kevin; and his brother, Mike, shifted their usual work quarters from the temperature-controlled environment of the Wells Fargo Center for the outdoor rink being built next door at Citizens Bank Park.

The Diamonds work on the ice crew at the Wells Fargo Center, but when the chance to work on the rink that will be used by the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic came, there was no question they would want to be involved.

Kevin Sr. and Mike were part of the crew that helped put together the rink at Fenway Park for the 2010 Winter Classic between the Flyers and Boston Bruins, but to be part of the Classic crew in their hometown is a big deal.

"It's pretty special," Kevin Sr. told NHL.com. "Being from Philadelphia and being in this stadium, which I've been here lots of times for Phillies games, and to see the rink in the middle of it, it feels pretty cool."
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