Commissioner Gary Bettman, at a podium erected on top of a dugout at Citizens Bank Park, just made official what the commissioner himself called, "the worst-kept secret in sports," that the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be played at 1 p.m. on Jan. 2, 2012, between the Philadelphia Flyers
and New York Rangers
Dignitaries from both clubs were in attendance, including Rangers Ryan Callahan
, Marian Gaborik
and Brad Richards
, and Flyers Chris Pronger
, James van Riemsdyk
, Matt Carle
and Scott Hartnell
. There also were a few hundred Flyers season ticket holders in attendance.
They just showed a great promotional video highlighting the great Rangers-Flyers rivalry, and the Commissioner also confirmed HBO is back on board for another edition of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning "24/7" series.