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2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Rangers v. Flyers

2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic by the numbers


PHILADELPHIA -- A look at the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic "By the Numbers."

1-- Cable cam that will be used in network coverage by NBC and CBC

2-- Current Rangers who have played in past NHL Winter Classics (Mike Rupp, Pittsburgh, 2011 and Erik Christensen, Pittsburgh, 2008)

3 -- Baseball parks that have hosted an NHL Winter Classic -- Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and Citizens Bank Park™

Ranger influence huge in formation of Flyers

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The latest chapter in the long, bitter rivalry between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers will play out Jan. 2, at the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park.

In 263 regular-season meetings, the Flyers have a slight edge in victories, 114-112, with 37 ties. It's a bit of a different story in the postseason, where the Flyers have won six of their 10 meetings, including the past three.

The most memorable of those playoff meetings was the 1974 Stanley Cup Semifinals, when the Flyers became the first expansion team to beat an Original Six club in a playoff series.

'Life is good' as Flyers throughout history reunite

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Jeremy Roenick wasn't hiding the fact he could've used a little assistance during the Philadelphia Flyers' alumni practice Friday here at Skate Zone.

"This place needs air," he said, wheezing in front of the benches after a few breakout drills.

"I was trying to find the wind out there," Roenick said afterward, seemingly still trying to catch his wind. "It was fun, though. It was great seeing all the fans out there. What a showing for us old guys who come around and embarrass ourselves out there. What a great feeling being back in here. Awesome."

It was as if time folded back onto itself on a sheet of ice that's about 20 minutes away from where the 2012 Molson Canadian Winter Classic Alumni Game between the Flyers and Rangers will take place at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia (3 p.m., Versus, CBC).

Preliminaries past, Rangers ready for Winter Classic

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Henrik Lundqvist started smiling before the question was even finished.

Sitting in the New York Rangers dressing room after their 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers Friday night, all the goaltender needed to hear were the words "Winter Classic" to know what was coming.

There are no more preliminaries for the Rangers. The 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park on Monday afternoon is next on the schedule.

"It's been such a buildup," Lundqvist said. "In August you start to talk about it, and now we're finally there. It's so hard to believe almost. I think everybody is looking forward to going there and get a skate in the day before and settle in and get a feel for it, and then go out and enjoy the game.\

Vanbiesbrouck has divided loyalties in alumni game

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- If the Winter Classic is a chance to take hockey back to its roots, than John Vanbiesbrouck could have been the equivalent of the steady quarterback from a childhood touch football game.

Vanbiesbrouck, who spent 20 seasons in the NHL, was invited to play for the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers alumni teams at the 2012 Molson Canadian Winter Classic Alumni Game.

"I was asked by the Rangers one week and the Flyers the next week," he said. "It was a double honor."

Vanbiesbrouck chose to play for the Rangers for a simple reason -- they asked first.

Wings, Hawks still rave about 2009 Winter Classic

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Three years have passed, but the memories of the NHL Winter Classic remain vivid for the participants.

The backdrop of Wrigley Field was a memorable storyline in itself as the Windy City hosted its first outdoor game, pitting the Blackhawks against bitter rival Detroit.

The Red Wings took the win, 6-4, but it is not the scoreline that has stood the test of time for players, coaches and fans of both teams.

In fact, the skate around on the outdoor ice surface the day before the actual game is what a lot of players and coaches on both sides recall fondly.

Behind-the-scenes tour builds excitement for Briere

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Danny Briere is so excited to take part in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, he took a tour of Citizens Bank Park Friday, two days before he and his Philadelphia Flyers teammates are scheduled to practice on the rink here.

Briere, his father Robert and his son Carson took in the sights throughout the ballpark and loved every moment of it.

"I've been here many times watching baseball game and I know how crazy and loud the fans get in this place," Briere told NHL.com. "I can't wait to be on the field or on the ice (to) experience what it is to have 45 or 50,000 people all the way around."

NHL announces new 3 P.M. ET start time for Molson Canadian 2012 NHL Alumni game on Dec. 31


NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL®), in conjunction with the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, today announced that the Molson Canadian 2012 NHL Alumni Game will change the original 1 p.m. ET start time on Saturday, Dec. 31, to 3 p.m. ET.  The delayed start time decision was based on tomorrow's weather forecast and should make for optimal game conditions for players and fans.

All tickets to the Molson Canadian 2012 NHL Alumni Game will continue to be honored and all ticket holder agreement language remains unchanged.

The following is a list of changes for fans based on the new 3 p.m. ET start time:

Gates to Citizens Bank Park will now open at 1 p.m. ET

Sports Complex Parking Lots now open at 9 a.m. ET

Spectator Plaza remains open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET

Only finishing touches left for Winter Classic rink

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- The work accomplished in the last 24 hours here at Citizens Bank Park has been as important to NHL Senior Director of Facilities Operations Dan Craig and his crew as anything else they've accomplished since arriving on scene nearly two weeks ago.

Finishing touches to any outdoor ice sheet, especially one as technical as what Craig created on top of the Philadelphia Phillies' home field, requires tender care and long hours.

The first official event on the ice is Saturday's Molson Canadian 2012 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game (1 p.m., Versus). The Rangers and Flyers are slated to practice here Sunday, and the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. ET (NBC, CBC, RDS).

Lindros returns to Philly to celebrate city's fans

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Eric Lindros will be teammates with another Flyers legend in Bob Clarke, during Saturday's Molson Canadian 2012 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game (1 p.m. ET, Versus). That's a storyline that the media will no doubt explore, but Lindros is focused on Philadelphia's fans and the lure of skating on outdoor ice.

Lindros is keenly aware his presence this weekend at Citizens Bank Park will raise questions about his testy history with Clarke, plus draw inquiries about hits to the head provided that Flyers Chris Pronger will not be in the lineup for Monday's 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic due to a concussion.

Lindros told NHL.com Friday morning that he didn't agree to join the festivities this weekend as a way to mend fences with Clarke, who as the Flyers GM in the 1990s feuded with the Lindros family, stripped Lindros of the team's captaincy, and eventually traded him to the Rangers after a season-long contract dispute. 
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