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from Bob Sullivan of Sporting Charts,
‘TWAS THE DAY OF THE WINTER CLASSIC
'Twas the day of the Winter Classic, when all through the Big House,
the bleachers were stirring as I sat with my spouse.
The boards were erected on the field with such care,
in hopes that the Leafs and Wings soon would be there.
Each fan was nestled all snug in their seat,
privileged to witness such a rare hockey treat.
And my wife in her Wings jersey, and I in my Leafs hat,
had just settled in for the afternoon’s spat.
When out on the ice there arose such a noise,
we sprang from our seats to cheer on our boys.
Shaking our hands on a friendly little bet,
the puck was dropped, the players were set.
My Leafs pushed the play under some new-fallen snow.
The Buds came out firing with plenty of flow.
Phaneuf with the blast; JVR with the tip.
Before the crowd knew, it’s Toronto one-zip.
NEW YORK (December 23, 2013) – The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the New Year’s Day outdoor game between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at The Big House® on the University of Michigan campus (1:00 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS), will feature performances by members of the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band, singer/songwriter Mayer Hawthorne and Juno Award-winning recording artists The Tenors; the announcement of the rosters for the 2014 U.S. Olympic men’s and women’s ice hockey teams; a flyover of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) CF-18 fighter jets and a Canada-United States color guard; and appearances by Ann Arbor and Detroit-area youth hockey players.
The entertainment for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ and 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ is being produced by RK Productions in association with Big Monkey Entertainment.
Carol of the Bells is the music the montage is set to tonight.
Dan Craig updates us on the rink building process at the Big House.
Sportsnet with a video presentation which included talking with Tyrone Wheatley and Red Berenson.
Thy also include some footage of a decaying Detroit which will strike a nerve with some, but overall a positive picture on The Big House.
Qiuncey received five for boarding and a game, Getzlaf not on the ice yet for the 2nd period. Word was he was getting stitched up.
from William Douglas of The Color Of Hockey,
Anthony Benavides never knew what to expect on most mornings when he’d go to crank up the 40-year-old, hand-me-down Zamboni at Detroit’s Clark Park ice rink.
Sometimes it would fire up. Sometimes it would catch fire. Sometimes it would work fine. Sometimes it would work, then suddenly break down in the middle of resurfacing the only regulation-size outdoor hockey rink within Detroit’s city limits.
“It’s had a lot of maintenance issues,” Benavides, the Clark Park Coalition Recreation Center director told me recently. ”It’s like an old, old car. It’s on it’s last legs. That puts a hamper on our hockey program when we don’t have a properly running Zamboni. We don’t have a back up.”
Benavides’ mornings of mystery are now over, thanks to the National Hockey League and the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. The league and foundation Monday unveiled a new, sparkling Red Wings red Zamboni to replace the rusting ancient wonder and showcased a host of other enhancements and upgrades they donated to Clark Park as part of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Legacy Initiative.
NEW YORK / TORONTO (Dec. 16, 2013) – NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Social’s programming plans for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1 will include special content provided by hockey fans.
According to the Detroit Red Wings, Johan Franzen will miss Tuesday's game with Anaheim while going through the concussion protocol for this hit yesterday from Tampa Bay's Radko Gudas.
Franzen received and unsportsmanlike penalty on the play for complaining about the hit and non-call.
The NHL takes a look at all hits but will they take further action on this hit?
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings star in the latest edition, beginning this Saturday, Dec. 14, on HBO at 10 p.m. ET. It airs at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on Sportsnet East, Ontario and Pacific on Sunday in Canada.
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A fighter and a talker and someone that doesn’t exactly leap to mind when it comes to breakout stars. But with John-Michael Liles – our real choice – in and out of the lineup, Frazer McLaren could be that guy.
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