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2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Rangers v. Flyers

NBC airplane-cam ready for takeoff

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

For the fifth straight year, NBC Executive Producer Sam Flood will have his favorite production toy at his disposal in order to showcase the entire scope of the NHL's most-watched regular-season game, the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

"It's not in a building; it's outdoors, so we have an airplane," Flood said. "I was so proud in Buffalo that we played the first replay of a goal from an airplane. We knew we were the first people to do that because no one ever covered a game from an airplane before, so we thought that was a pretty neat trick. We've done that every year because we think to be able to see how big it is and how grand the playing field is below.

Alumni Game appearance brings Parent full circle

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

For Hockey Hall of Famer and Philadelphia Flyers legend Bernie Parent, the alumni game he plays in Saturday will be a case of completing the circle of his hockey career.

Parent's first organized hockey game was played outside. And most likely, his last one will be outside, as well, when he skates out for the Molson Canadian 2012 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game on Dec. 31.
Parent, who was the backbone for the Flyers' Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975, has said he will play about 5-10 minutes in the game.

Graves: Classic celebrates hockey's purest form

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

As a Toronto kid who became a star in New York, Rangers alum Adam Graves has never had a great affinity for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Graves, though, absolutely remembers watching ex-Flyers stars like Bobby Clarke, Reggie Leach, Bill Barber and Bernie Parent -- admiring their toughness while always dreaming that one day he could be just like them and make it to the National Hockey League.
On Saturday, at Citizens Bank Park, Graves will get a small taste of what it felt like to play against the Broad Street Bullies of the 1970s when he suits up with several former teammates in the Molson Canadian 2012 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game (1 p.m. ET, Versus).

Despite weather, ice crew gets down rink markings

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Just when it looked like everything was back on schedule, the cloud cover that NHL Senior Director of Facilities Operations Dan Craig thought would shadow his rink throughout Thursday afternoon instead was burned through by sunlight, adding another element of drama to the rink build at Citizens Bank Park.
"They said partly cloudy, and I don't see partly cloudy at all," Craig told NHL.com at 12:30 Thursday afternoon. "It just comes down to getting it done one way or the other. One day we get cloud cover and three-quarters of an inch of rain. The next day we're supposed to be building and we get 40 mile-per-hour winds. And then the next day we're supposed to be doing logos and lines and we got bright sunshine."

Montgomery: Classic tops 'bucket list' for complex

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- While admittedly dating himself, Philadelphia Phillies President David Montgomery spoke Thursday with appreciation about his hockey memories in the city he has called home for his entire life.
Montgomery smiled when he mentioned the names Bobby Clarke and Bill Barber. He recalled his excitement about the Flyers not only coming to town in 1967, when the NHL expanded from its Original Six, but the team then being able to compete with the Rangers, Red Wings, Blackhawks, Bruins, Maple Leafs and Canadiens in a matter of just six years.
But during a press conference at Citizens Bank Park, Montgomery went even further back than that -- all the way to the late 1950s.

Alumni game gets Flyers' Cup legends back on ice

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

"We're not going to change a thing, Billy and I. We're just going to dump the puck in and let Clarkie get it and we'll wait in front." -- Reggie Leach

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Reggie Leach said he knows just how things are going to go when he reunites with linemates Bob Clarke and Bill Barber on Dec. 31 for the Molson Canadian 2012 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game.
"We're not going to change a thing, Billy and I," Leach told NHL.com. "We're just going to dump the puck in and let Clarkie get it and we'll wait in front."
Some things never change.
There were a lot of smiles on and off the ice as five members of the Flyers' last Stanley Cup championship team got on the Virtua Flyers Skate Zone ice together Thursday morning, skating easy laps, taking shots and loosening up skating muscles that long have been dormant.

Flyers win EA SPORTS NHL 12 Classic simulation

David Kalan - NHL.com Staff Writer

The puck doesn't drop on the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic until Monday, but as the anticipation builds for one of the League's signature events, fans can get an inside look at just who might be victorious on Jan. 2 at Citizens Bank Park.

EA SPORTS conducted a simulation of the annual New Year's showdown with its EA SPORTS NHL series simulation engine this week, and found that while the Rangers will be the first team on the scoreboard, the Flyers ended up on the long side of the ledger, by a 3-1 final score.

Classic preview highlights Episode 3 of '24/7'

Bob Condor - NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

Early in Wednesday's Episode 3 of HBO's "24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic," Philadelphia coach Peter Laviolette is on practice ice in Dallas talking to Claude Giroux about whether the star forward is ready to return from a concussion.

When asked by his coach, Giroux says he feels good, ready to go, but adds he doesn't want to hurt the team if his skills aren't quite primed after a layoff.

"You're kidding me, right?" asks Laviolette. The coach tells the player the Flyers call "G" that he looks great, 'like a million bucks."

Alterations to Classic sweaters proving to be a hit

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- As excited as hockey fans are about the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic game, they seem just as happy to outfit themselves in products related to the League's midseason outdoor extravaganza.

NHL Executive Vice President of Marketing Brian Jennings said Wednesday that consumer-product sales for all items have enjoyed "double-digit increases across the board" heading into this year's game, between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers on Jan. 2 here at Citizens Bank Park.

Jerseys, as is always the case, are the biggest sellers. Traditionally the clubs involved in past Winter Classics have worn some combination of a unique logo and color scheme.

Crew battles wind, rain to keep build on track

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- The torrential rain that soaked the ice sheet at Citizens Bank Park late Tuesday gave way to bright sunlight and high winds on Wednesday, providing more challenges for NHL Senior Director of Facilities Operations Dan Craig and his crew.
But, as usual, Craig's team worked through the conditions to stay on track to have the rink completed by Friday afternoon.

"We were supposed to paint (the ice white) at about 9 o'clock this morning and try to get some stuff done before the sun hit us, but we're going to wait for the sun to get off the sheet," Craig told NHL.com on Wednesday afternoon. "We'll probably be in the clear by 2:15, but we'll have to wait for the wind to die down a little bit because we still have people working around the rink and we don't want to cover them with white paint.
"We're shooting to (paint) now between 4 and 5 o'clock and then work up until midnight in sealing it in."
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