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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
From Wednesday’s practices in the snow to Marco Sturm’s overtime game-winner, the 2010 Winter Classic was everything the NHL hoped it would be—and more.
It showcased the game’s speed, skill, brutality and brawn.
But most of all, it brought a much-needed element of fun to a sport that too often is viewed by the general sporting public as vanilla.
“It was a great showcase of the game,” said Flyers president Peter Luukko, the driving force behind the Flyers’ inclusion in the New Year’s Day event. “Two clubs hitting hard. It was great. It was one heck of a game. I’ve got to think this is everything the league wanted.”
If you read between the lines from the Twitter of NHL Player Agent Allan Walsh, it sure sounds like his client Miroslav Satan is going to sign with the Bruins.
added 12/02/09 10:48am, Bob McKenzie tweets Satan has signed with the Bruins.
All the hype is over, now the puck drops between the Flyers and Bruins.
Enjoy the game!
Many of the NHL.com staffers are contributating to the Boston Baked Blog.
Keep up to date with everything going on at Fenway Park.
Also, the NHL Network is now live from Fenway until 12:30pm ET, then of course NBC, CBC & RDS take over at 1:00pm ET.
from Ryan Lambert of PuckDaddy,
Shawn Thornton knew the question was coming.
“Oh God,” he sighed, obviously exasperated, “here we go.”
No, there has never been a fight in a Winter Classic, or the Heritage Classic for that matter. No, there’s never even been anything approaching a dustup. The closest anyone has gotten is a pair of matching roughing penalties in the Heritage Classic between Francis Boullion and Jason Chimera. It was real exciting stuff.
So hockey fans are waiting for that historic first fight. And the media talks about it. Dan Carcillo said his team wasn’t ignorant to the talk. But that doesn’t mean players are making plans to fight like it’s seventh grade meeting by the flagpole at recess.
“I don’t know,” said Thornton. “I honestly have never gone into a hockey game thinking about fighting. This is no different. I mean, you guys can ask because it’s kind of one of my roles, but other than you guys bringing it up, I don’t think about it.”
from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,
Putting the Bruins in the Red Sox locker room guarantees new standards for civility and accessibility in the 97-year-old clubhouse. It also means the polite hockey guys have to walk down 13 steps to get to the dugout runway. At the end of the long tunnel, it’s another four steps to the dugout floor, then five steps to the playing surface. Skate guards are required.
Boston’s ancient, beloved ballpark is ready for hockey. The indoor batting cage behind the Red Sox dugout has been converted to a hockey shop with skate sharpeners and propane torches. Retired Bruins numbers have been attached to the right-field facade alongside the Red Sox numbers. Bobby Orr walks hand-in-hand with Joe Cronin (both No. 4). Same for Cam Neely and Carl Yastrzemski (No. 8), and John Bucyk and Ted Williams (No. 9).
Orr has his own stall and nameplate in the Red Sox/Bruins locker room. It’s a locker last used by John Smoltz. Shawn Thornton was issued David Ortiz’s locker, which makes some sense, but how do you figure Zdeno Chara dressing in a front of a stall that belongs to J.D. Drew? Think the big fella knows about J.D.’s reputation?
The standings on the Green Monster look strange. It’s weird to see “Buffalo,’’ “Ottawa,’’ and “Montreal’’ under the heading of “AL East,’’ but it’s nice to have Baltimore erased entirely for a few days.
Looks overcast to me but not much precipitation.
The temperature may be a little high for outdoor hockey, but with the ice system they have in place, it should not be a problem.
Check out the Weather Channel for more…
When is a hockey game two periods instead of three?
Worst-case scenario: possibly New Year’s Day at Fenway Park.
A league source confirmed to ESPN.com on Thursday that it is possible the Winter Classic could only go two periods if the weather doesn’t cooperate and the game would still be deemed official.
But that’s only if all else fails.
The league has the same detailed contingency plan it’s had in place for the past two Winter Classics. Snow threatened the 2008 event in Buffalo, N.Y., and there is a chance for frozen precipitation for Friday’s game at Fenway.
Earlier in the week, the prediction was rain for the Winter Classic in Boston.
Now, according to the Weather Channel, the rain has turned to snow.
from Richard Sandomir and Ken Belson of the NY Times,
The N.H.L.’s Winter Classic, which began with snow-globe quaintness on New Year’s Day in 2008 in the home stadium of the Buffalo Bills, has turned into a profit center for a league that strives to be different.
The third Classic, between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday afternoon, is expected to generate $8 million in ticket sales at Fenway Park and $3 million in ad revenue at NBC, triple the total of two years ago.
Thanks largely to the midseason game, the league says that its sponsorship sales are growing at a 66 percent annual pace and its merchandise revenue, led by the throwback jerseys inspired by the first classic, is soaring.
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