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Winter Classic Facts to Astound and Amaze

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
(Boston, MA) - The specially-built mobile refrigeration truck has finished its tour, the ice is down in Fenway, and the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is only seven days away.

The anticipation for the third annual Winter Classic, the signature outdoor game on the NHL's regular season schedule, is at a fever pitch. The contest on Jan. 1 at venerable Fenway Park in Boston figures to become the biggest contest between the Flyers and host Bruins since they played thrilling six-game series for the 1974 Stanley Cup Final (won by Philly). This will be the 168th regular-season meeting between the franchises.
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The temporary ice rink build on the Fenway infield was completed last week by Dan Craig, the NHL's Facilities Operations Manager, and his team. It consists of 20,000 gallons of water and 350 gallons of paint sitting on top of 6,000 sheets of Armor Deck, the base that protects the Fenway field. The 300-ton capacity refrigeration trailer will circulate 3,000 gallons of coolant to keep the ice surface at its optimal temperature of 22 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mother nature will also do her part to keep ice and the fans frosty. According to, the average daily temperature on New Year's Day in Boston is 31 degrees Fahrenheit (-0.6 Centigrade). Boston's record-low for Jan. 1 is minus-3 Fahrenheit (1918), and the record-high is 70 Fahrenheit (1876). The most snow recorded on New Year's Day in Beantown is the eight inches at fell on 1938.

For those not lucky enough to secure tickets, a total of 65 television cameras will broadcast the game for NBC, CBC, NHL Network and other media outlets.

Here are more intriguing facts associated with this historic event:

2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Fast Facts

1 – NHL games played at Fenway Park (as of the drop of the puck for the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic).

1 – Stanley Cup Final meetings between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers (in 1974, the Flyers won their first Cup by defeating the Bruins in six games).

2 – Stanley Cups won by Philadelphia (1974 and 1975).

2 – Number of players who have won back-to-back Conn Smythe Trophies as Stanley Cup playoffs MVP -- Philadelphia's Bernie Parent (1974, 1975); Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux (1991, 1992).

2.5 – Rating for the 2009 NHL Winter Classic on NBC -- the highest for an NHL regular-season game in 13 years.

3 – Fahrenheit Degrees below zero on Jan. 1, 1918, the lowest recorded New Year's Day temperature in Boston history.

3 – Players in the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic who have appeared in previous NHL outdoor games – Boston's Michael Ryder (Montreal, 2003 Heritage Classic), Steve Begin (Montreal, 2003 Heritage Classic), Daniel Paille (2008 Winter Classic).

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3 – Outdoor NHL games in which St. Louis goalie Ty Conklin has played (for Edmonton in the Heritage Classic in 2003, for Pittsburgh in the inaugural Winter Classic and for Detroit in the 2009 Winter Classic).

4 – Times Boston and Philadelphia met in the five Stanley Cup playoffs contested from 1974 through 1978 – each team won twice.

4 – Sweater numbers retired by the Flyers: 1 – Bernie Parent, 4 – Barry Ashbee, 7 – Bill Barber, 16 – Bobby Clarke.

5 – Stanley Cups won by Boston (1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972).

5 – Goals scored by Flyers winger Reggie Leach against the Bruins on May 6, 1976, in Game 5 of the 1976 Semifinals, tying an NHL playoffs record.

7 – Current NHL players who have appeared in multiple major outdoor games (Ty Conklin 3; Ryan Miller, Adam Burish, Brian Campbell, Duncan Keith, Georges Laraque, Adam Hall 2).

8 – Inches of snow that fell in Boston on Jan. 1, 1938, the greatest recorded New Year's Day snowfall in the city's history.

8 – Combined number of Calder Trophies won by the two franchises – all by the Bruins (Andrew Raycroft in 2004 was the most recent).

10 –Sweater numbers retired by the Bruins: 2 – Eddie Shore, 3 – Lionel Hitchman, 4 – Bobby Orr, 5 – Aubrey Clapper, 7 – Phil Esposito, 8 – Cam Neely, 9 – John Bucyk, 15 – Milt Schmidt,  24 – Terry O'Reilly, 77 – Ray Bourque.

10 – Penalties assessed to Boston's Chris Nilan vs. Hartford on March 31, 1991 – the most in a single game for any player in NHL history.

11 – Combined number of Ross Trophies won by the two franchises – all by the Bruins. Phil Esposito won five, Bobby Orr two.

12 – Combined number of Vezina Trophies won by the two franchises. The Bruins have won eight (four by Cecil "Tiny" Thompson, two by Frank "Mr. Zero" Brimsek, last season's by Tim Thomas). The Flyers have won four (two by Bernie Parent).

14 – Combined number of Norris Trophies won by the two franchises – all by the Bruins. Bobby Orr won an NHL record eight, Ray Bourque five and Zdeno Chara one (last season).

16 – Combined number of Hart Trophies won by the two franchises. The Bruins have won 12 (four by Eddie Shore, three by Bobby Orr). The Flyers have won four (three by Bobby Clarke).

17 – Consecutive victories by Gilles Gilbert for Boston in 1975-76, the most by a goaltender in NHL history.

19 -- Post-season All-Star Team selections for Boston's Ray Bourque (13 first team), the most for any defenseman in NHL history.

19 – Consecutive regular season and playoff games without a loss (17-0-2) by the Bruins against the Flyers in Boston Garden entering Game 2 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Final. Philadelphia won Game 2 en route to a six-game series triumph.

21 – Seasons played in a Boston Bruins uniform by John Bucyk and Ray Bourque, the most in franchise history.

22 – Degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature of an NHL sheet of ice.

22 -- Wheels on the specially-built mobile refrigeration truck that traveled from its permanent garage in Toronto to Boston – with stops in Philadelphia, New York, Springfield, Mass., and Bristol, Conn. – to haul state-of-the-art ice-making and ice-monitoring equipment to the Winter Classic.

25 – Retail outlets that will operate in and around Fenway Park at which fans can purchase official Winter Classic merchandise.

29 – Consecutive playoff appearances by the Bruins from 1968 through 1996, an NHL record.

29 – Consecutive games without a loss by the Flyers upon their Dec. 22, 1979, victory over the Bruins, which set an NHL record. The Flyers would extend that to 35 straight, the longest unbeaten streak in pro sports history.

31 – Degrees Fahrenheit, or -0.6 Centigrade, the average daily temperature on New Year's Day in Boston according to

32 – Games in a row without a loss (24-0-8) for Boston goaltender Gerry Cheevers in 1971-72, the longest unbeaten streak for a goalie in NHL history.

31.9 – Degrees Fahrenheit, or -0.1 Centigrade, the opening face-off temperature at Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, 2009, for the second NHL Winter Classic.

33.1 -- Degrees Fahrenheit, or 0.6 Centigrade, game-time temperature at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Jan. 1, 2008, for the first NHL Winter Classic.

42 – The age of the Philadelphia Flyers franchise, which was chartered on June 5, 1967, when the NHL expanded from six to 12 teams.

47 – Regular-season victories by Bernie Parent for Philadelphia in 1973-74, the NHL single-season record until New Jersey's Martin Brodeur won 48 games in 2006-07.

53 – Length, in feet, of the world's largest mobile rink refrigeration unit, specially built for the NHL Winter Classic.

57 – Number of games Bernie Parent played for the Boston Bruins, with whom he began his NHL career.

65 – Combined number of television cameras that will be positioned around Fenway Park by NBC, CBC, NHL Network and other outlets to chronicle the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

70 – Degrees Fahrenheit, 14 degrees Centigrade, the record high New Year's Day temperature recorded in Boston on Jan. 1, 1876.

76 – Goals scored by Boston's Phil Esposito in 1970-71, breaking Bobby Hull's NHL record of 58, set two seasons before. Esposito's record stood until Wayne Gretzky scored 92 (still the NHL record) in 1981-82.

85 -- The age of the Boston Bruins, the first U.S.-based franchise to be chartered by the National Hockey League on Nov.1, 1924.

102 – Assists by Bobby Orr in 1970-71, the most by a defenseman in NHL history and the NHL single-season record for all skaters until Wayne Gretzky amassed 109 in 1980-81 (Gretzky's 163 assists in 1985-86 are the most all-time).

111 – Number of current NHL players who have dressed for a "major" outdoor game – 2001 Cold War (Michigan-Michigan St.), 2003 Heritage Classic, 2006 Frozen Tundra Classic (Wisconsin-Ohio St.), 2008 Winter Classic, 2009 Winter Classic.
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112 – Sections of boards that ring the 2010 Winter Classic rink and form its benches, penalty boxes and scorer's and time-keeper's boxes.

125 – Feet from Fenway Park's home plate to the Winter Classic's center-ice face-off dot.

167 – Regular-season meetings between the Bruins and Flyers entering the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

252 – Ice panels upon which the 2010 Winter Classic rink are built.

300 -- Ton capacity of refrigeration trailer that will keep the ice cool at Fenway Park.

311 – Miles from Philadelphia's Wachovia Center to Boston's Fenway Park.

350 -- Gallons of paint to make the Fenway Park ice white.

410 – Career goals by Ray Bourque (for Boston and Colorado), the most by a defenseman in NHL history.

472 – Penalty minutes amassed by the Flyers' Dave Schultz in 1974-75, the most in a single season in NHL history.

486 – Number of games Bernie Parent played for the Flyers (in two tours of duty) after being selected from Boston in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft.

717 – Regular-season NHL goals scored by Phil Esposito (for Boston, Chicago and NY Rangers), the fifth-highest total in League history.

1,579 – Points by Ray Bourque, the most by a defenseman in NHL history.

1967 – The year of the first Bruins-Flyers game (Philadelphia won, 4-2, on Nov. 12 at Boston Garden).

2,095 – Penalty minutes amassed by Terry O'Reilly, the most in Bruins history.

3,000 -- Gallons of coolant used to freeze the Fenway Park rink.

5,753 – Number of regular-season NHL games played by the Boston Bruins going into the 2010 Winter Classic, the most by any U.S.-based franchise.

6,000 – Sheets of Armor Deck that serve as the base for the 2010 Winter Classic rink and the various on-field roadways leading to and from it.

20,000 – Gallons of water needed to create an ice surface two-inches deep on Fenway Park (NHL rinks normally are 1"-1.25" thick).

307,000+ -- Number of entries submitted to the lottery and contest for tickets to the 2009 NHL Winter Classic.

Author: Rocky Bonanno | Staff Writer

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