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from Mark Hermann of Newsday,
MINUS: What’s with those Indiana Jones hats for Detroit coach Mike Babcock and his staff?
PLUS: The Cup champion Red Wings are still the class of the league. Outstanding team.
MINUS: Sad to say, but it’s hard to imagine if the casual sports fan—the person who flipped over from the Nebraska-Clemson game on CBS—could name even one player on the Red Wings.
PLUS: Excellent point by Bob Costas in the closing segment, pointing out that Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls kept getting thwarted by the Detroit Pistons on their way up, the way it looks like the Blackhawks will have to do.
I am getting emails and hits from search engines looking for the Winter Classic jerseys so I thought this would help you out.
If you are looking for a jersey with a name on the back, IceJerseys.com does a great job. I have personally seen their work with these jerseys and you will be getting the authentic lettering, meaning stitched on or as they refer to it, Pro Customization.
Shop.NHL.com also is selling the Winter Classic jerseys.
from Eric McErlain of AOL Fanhouse,
Well, the big day is finally here, and FanHouse is ready and on the ground in Chicago for the 2009 NHL Winter Classic. The twittering will start early and often on gameday, so be sure to check back frequently for updates all the way through the game and the postgame interview sessions.
continue for some pics and video from yesterday.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
The Red Wings ran at Patrick Kane every chance they could on Tuesday with a Dan Cleary hit knocking the Hawks’ leading scorer out for most of the first period with a twisted right ankle….
“He’s the biggest spoke in their wheel,” Cleary said Wednesday. “Everything they do offensively goes through him, so you’ve got to hit him and not let him wheel and deal because he’s such an exceptional talent.”
Perhaps the game plan Wisniewski referred to consists of the Hawks making Detroit’s best players, Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa, targets for physical play.
“They were throwing their weight around a little bit, and we have to go out there and respond,” Hawks rookie winger Troy Brouwer said. “We can’t get pushed around.
“At the same time you’ve got to try and push around their guys a little bit, too.”
The NHL Network is doing a great job covering the WC Practice at Wrigley. Great interviews, coaches are mic’d up and the scene is just great.
A bit of a concern with the ice, the players were asked not to do many quick turns in the corners since the ice is still not in the best of conditions right now.
Chicago is on the ice now, followed by the Wings.
The show is being hosted by Brian Duff and Larry Murphy with Gary Green handling the interviews.
added 12:45pm, Watch below the live strean of the WC Practice session at Wrigley…
from Richard Sandomir of the New York Times,
This isn’t quaint anymore. The league believes the Classic — a regular-season game played outdoors every New Year’s Day — will be a long-term annual event that separates hockey from other sports; it projects the game as a midseason ritual for its fans to root nationally, not for their local teams. Already, there is demand for future games in Philadelphia, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal and Boston…
“This is part of our new business model and gives people a sense of what we can do,” said John Collins, the league’s chief operating officer. “We introduced our Broadband player, we reintroduced NHL.com. We have 53 million fans who love the game, 22 million in the arenas and a $2.6 billion business. But it doesn’t feel as big as it should.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Wonky knee aside, it was a thrill to hit the ice at Wrigley Field. Sure, I got a few looks for wearing a Finnish national jersey (no reason whatsoever for that, by the way); but all in all, it was a great experience.
The NHL wouldn’t allow us to hold hockey sticks or shoot pucks, understandably, but just taking a whirl around the newly built ice surface was something else. The sun was peering over home plate and the conditions were ideal. The league can only hope for similar conditions Thursday for the Winter Classic (so far, the forecast sounds pretty good).
The sun, however, could prove to be an issue. You really blinked when you made the turn at the third-base end and the sun blinded you somewhat. Some players wore eye black last season in Buffalo, and we suspect much of the same again Thursday. Tinted visors, perhaps?
Wednesday, December 31st. All times are ET.
11:30 AM- NHL Network Presents: Bridgestone Winter Classic 2009 Practice Coverage
Thursday, January 1st
11:00 AM- NHL Network Presents: Bridgestone Winter Classic 2009 Pre-Game Show
5:00 PM- NHL Network Presents: Bridgestone Winter Classic 2009 Post-Game Show
6:00 PM- Voices: Detroit’s Ken Kal
6:30 PM- Voices: Chicago’s Pat Foley
added 5:00pm, I just received this and as you can the times differ a bit…
Wednesday, Dec. 31
· Practice Coverage at 11:30 a.m. ET
Thursday, Jan. 1
· Pre-Game Show at 11 a.m. ET
· Post-Game Show at 4:30 p.m. ET
The Chicago Blackhawks have activated right wing Adam Burish (6-1, 189) from injured reserve and have placed defenseman Brent Sopel (6-1, 211) on the long term injured reserve list.
Burish, 25, has accrued 49 penalty minutes in 19 contests with the Blackhawks this season. The Madison, Wisconsin, native has missed each of Chicago’s last 14 games (Nov. 26 to Dec. 28).
I had the pleasure of talking with Eddie Olczyk this morning and discussed Wings/Blackhawks. Eddie will be providiing the color for the Winter Classic on NBC which starts at 1:00pm ET on January 1st.
If you wish to download the audio, just click here.
NEW YORK (December 30, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that it will honor seven Chicago sports legends during a special on-field ceremony prior to the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at Wrigley Field. The salute to the sports legends, all of them Hall of Famers in their respective sports, will open the outdoor game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio, XM Radio).
The Hall of Fame legends scheduled to appear include former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg, former Cubs pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, former Cubs outfielder Billy Williams and Blackhawks greats Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito, Stan Mikita and Denis Savard.
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