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NHL WINTER SPORTS CLASSIC
nhl.com ^ | 12/29/09 | various

Posted on 12/29/2009 2:58:35 PM PST by airborne

The ice hockey rink is all set up at Fenway Park, in anticipation of the New Years Day meeting of the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins.

The game starts at 1 PM Eastern time on NBC. For those with the NHL Network, there are pre game and post game programs scheduled.

James Taylor is slated to sing the National Anthem, and with the recent snow storms in the northeast, the cold, windy, Boston weather could make this game an instant classic!


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Click the above link to see a variety of stories and other items, including a time lapse of the rink being set up, interviews with hockey greats, and other fascinating stories of the "Greastest Game On Ice"!
1 posted on 12/29/2009 2:58:36 PM PST by airborne
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To: airborne

Go Bruins!!!


2 posted on 12/29/2009 2:59:13 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: airborne; Hat-Trick; SZonian; retrokitten; hollywood; Alberta's Child; 6323cd; Betis70; ColoCdn; ...
HOCKEY PING!


3 posted on 12/29/2009 2:59:37 PM PST by airborne (Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without! - (words of wisdom from my mom))
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To: big'ol_freeper

Winter Classic the ‘Woodstock’ of Hockey
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=511373

“In Boston, hockey is the sport closest to everyone’s heart. Everyone in New England is probably two degrees separation from knowing someone who played in college, the Beanpot, the pros and even the NHL.” — Richard Johnson


4 posted on 12/29/2009 3:03:26 PM PST by airborne (Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without! - (words of wisdom from my mom))
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To: airborne
“In Boston, hockey is the sport closest to everyone’s heart. Everyone in New England is probably two degrees separation from knowing someone who played in college, the Beanpot, the pros and even the NHL.” — Richard Johnson

True. I grew up around the corner from Robbie Ftorek.

5 posted on 12/29/2009 3:07:00 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81

Very cool!


6 posted on 12/29/2009 3:08:03 PM PST by airborne (Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without! - (words of wisdom from my mom))
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To: airborne

Indeed. I grew up with Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, Derek “The Turk” Sanderson, Johnny “Pie” McKenzie and Gerry “Cheesy” Cheevers as my heroes.


7 posted on 12/29/2009 3:08:34 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: big'ol_freeper

I’m jealous!


8 posted on 12/29/2009 3:17:19 PM PST by airborne (Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without! - (words of wisdom from my mom))
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To: airborne

I want a re-match of Sabres/Pens. Come to think of it, they are playing tonight!

Go Sabres!


9 posted on 12/29/2009 3:18:17 PM PST by PGR88
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To: big'ol_freeper
I was a big Ranger fan back in those days, and before too.

It is my opinion that Bobby Orr was probably the most superior athlete ever to play his sport. That is, he had so much more ability than anyone else who ever played his sport before or since.

ML/NJ

10 posted on 12/29/2009 3:20:11 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: airborne

I want a re-match of Sabres/Pens. Come to think of it, they are playing tonight!

Go Sabres!


11 posted on 12/29/2009 3:22:41 PM PST by PGR88
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To: big'ol_freeper

Go Flyers! :) Love hockey. Don’t get it down in SW MO except A league games. Enjoy the game for me. (Ron Hextall fan)


12 posted on 12/29/2009 3:24:34 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: PGR88

LOL! Careful what you wish for!

Miller lost 4 of the last 5 games against the Pens.

I’m already watching the pre game on FSN Pittsburgh, BTW.


13 posted on 12/29/2009 3:47:08 PM PST by airborne (Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without! - (words of wisdom from my mom))
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To: huldah1776

The game will be on NBC. 1 PM start time, New Years Day.

Hextall lost my respect when he came out of the net and attacked Chris Chelios at the end of a playoff loss.


14 posted on 12/29/2009 3:49:26 PM PST by airborne (Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without! - (words of wisdom from my mom))
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To: airborne

Leaving Thurs. morning! Go Flyboys! Let’s be clear, Flyer fans are the best hockey fans. But I’m looking forward to visiting Beantown so no beer throwing at the game.


15 posted on 12/29/2009 3:50:56 PM PST by ccruse456
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To: ccruse456

LUCKY YOU!

I hope it snows for you!


16 posted on 12/29/2009 4:00:26 PM PST by airborne (Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without! - (words of wisdom from my mom))
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To: big'ol_freeper
Nothing like those old Broad Street Bullies - Bruins games.




17 posted on 12/29/2009 4:04:05 PM PST by Kid Shelleen (Keep your socialized health care off my body !!)
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To: Kid Shelleen
Nothing like those old Broad Street Bullies - Big Bad Bruins games.

Fixed it for ya!

I actually preferred the earlier rival with the Rangers and Bruins because my cousins were Ranger fans, but the Flyers and Bruins went at it pretty good.

18 posted on 12/29/2009 4:07:18 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: airborne
Hextall lost my respect when he came out of the net and attacked Chris Chelios

So, who won? LOL!

FWIW, Chelios' brother Steve moved to Michigan and rented out the condo right behind my house for a year a few years ago........Quite a character if I might say so.....LOL!

He did give me a signed stick, puck and jersy by his brother Chris.......I gave the puck to my sister, and the stick and jersey to my nephew because he plays hockey and he can't afford new sticks all the time......

19 posted on 12/29/2009 4:16:33 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (I want a hoochie-mama for Christmas, only a hoochie-mama will do............)
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To: airborne

Hey...just checking my Pings...and Billy Guerin just scored! HA!!! Two to zip Pens!!!

Go Guins!!!!


20 posted on 12/29/2009 4:38:25 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Free Ivana!)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

Billy is hoping to make the US Olympic squad.

He’s going about it the right way!


21 posted on 12/29/2009 4:54:54 PM PST by airborne (Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without! - (words of wisdom from my mom))
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To: airborne

Yes...he should make the team :)

No video of the ‘support’ staff pushing the bus. That would have been funny (my boys are having a discussion about why the players ‘shouldn’t’ do stuff like that).

Errey is in rare form tonight with his ‘color.’ LOL


22 posted on 12/29/2009 4:58:07 PM PST by PennsylvaniaMom (Free Ivana!)
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To: airborne; All

Time lapse of the rink build at Fenway Park

http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=54660


23 posted on 12/29/2009 4:58:15 PM PST by airborne (Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without! - (words of wisdom from my mom))
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To: airborne
went to Wrigley Field game last year. Also able to skate on the ice the day before. Phenomenal experience. I talked with Andy McEllman, a Chicago area NHL linesman who officiated that game: he was ecstatic.

Old Time Hockey. Outdoors with snow flurries

24 posted on 12/29/2009 4:58:23 PM PST by slapshot (""USAF- when you absolutely, positively need it delivered on target, on time, right away)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom

The story I read says the coaching and other staff did the pushing.

No players were involved.


25 posted on 12/29/2009 4:59:41 PM PST by airborne (Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without! - (words of wisdom from my mom))
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To: slapshot

From the look of the video link I posted above, the rink is in use for public skating already.


26 posted on 12/29/2009 5:00:55 PM PST by airborne (Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without! - (words of wisdom from my mom))
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To: airborne
****Hextall lost my respect when he came out of the net and attacked Chris Chelios at the end of a playoff loss.****

I loved that. Of course I was a Flyers fan back then. Chelios has been a good ambassador for the game.

As for the game on New Years Day I heard that it might rain during the game. That could be a problem. You have to credit the NHL for stepping up and filling the void created by the BCS moving so many of the games away from New Years Day to other days.

27 posted on 12/29/2009 7:43:21 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (Dagmar is back. Yeah!!!!!!)
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To: buccaneer81

This brings back childhood memories of Ftorek when he played for the Cincinnati Stingers in the WHA. Had his autograph (and others on the team) but they are long lost to time.


28 posted on 12/30/2009 8:06:06 AM PST by Corporate Law (<>< - Xavier Basketball - Perennial Slayer of Top-Ranked Teams)
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To: Corporate Law
He was a monster for Cincinnati; scored somewhere around 100 goals in two seasons there, I think.

I still remember the parade our town had for him and his teammates on the 1972 Olympic team after they won the Silver.

29 posted on 12/30/2009 9:28:12 AM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: big'ol_freeper

Some of my favorites, too. Don’t forget Ace Bailey (RIP 9/11), Terry O’Reilly, Johnny Bucyk and Wayne Cashman.


30 posted on 12/30/2009 9:31:44 AM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: big'ol_freeper
I actually preferred the earlier rival with the Rangers and Bruins

Two days ago was the 30th anniversary of the brawl in NY, where the Bruins climbed into the stands and went after the Ranger fans who had been harassing them. I'll never forget O'Reilly leading the charge and Peter McNabb taking a shoe off a guy's foot and beating him over the head with it.

Those were the days.

31 posted on 12/30/2009 9:35:53 AM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: airborne; Hat-Trick; SZonian; retrokitten; hollywood; Alberta's Child; 6323cd; Betis70; ColoCdn; ...
Hockey BTTT!

Winter Classic! Flyers @ Bruins in Fenway Park!

Hockey outdoors! The way it was meant to be played!

Game starts at 1 PM on NBC - Pre game (11 AM) and post game (4:30 PM) on NHL Network.

32 posted on 01/01/2010 6:23:15 AM PST by airborne (S. S. D. Y.)
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33 posted on 01/01/2010 6:29:23 AM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: airborne
Thanks for the reminder and all the info.

Happy New Year!

34 posted on 01/01/2010 6:41:44 AM PST by penowa
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To: airborne

Thanks for the ping, Bonne et Heureux Annee!


35 posted on 01/01/2010 9:36:22 AM PST by 6323cd (I Am Jim Thompson)
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To: airborne

Fenway looks frigging AWESOME today!!
I wish i was there.


36 posted on 01/01/2010 10:11:11 AM PST by mowowie
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To: mowowie

James Taylor did a great job with the National Anthem!

And the B-2 fly over was a nice touch!

Beautiful ice rink! Extremely fast ice!

Hockey at it’s finest!!!


37 posted on 01/01/2010 10:51:07 AM PST by airborne (S. S. D. Y.)
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To: airborne

The game is pissa!! Fenway is rockin’.


38 posted on 01/01/2010 11:27:27 AM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: big'ol_freeper

Really choppy ice. Lots of bouncey pucks.

Let’s see if the Zamboni fixes it over the intermission.


39 posted on 01/01/2010 11:39:51 AM PST by airborne (S. S. D. Y.)
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To: airborne
RE: Really choppy ice. Lots of bouncey pucks.

Pond hockey!!

40 posted on 01/01/2010 11:40:55 AM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: big'ol_freeper

Using a CO2 fire extinguisher to help fix the ice!!

Cool!


41 posted on 01/01/2010 11:41:26 AM PST by airborne (S. S. D. Y.)
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To: airborne

Go Broonz!


42 posted on 01/01/2010 11:42:12 AM PST by ShorelineMike (Constituo, ergo sum.)
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To: big'ol_freeper

Pond hockey = Advantage Canadians!


43 posted on 01/01/2010 11:42:51 AM PST by airborne (S. S. D. Y.)
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To: ShorelineMike

I’m a Pens fan, so I’m just enjoying the game.

Oops. Flyers score.


44 posted on 01/01/2010 11:44:45 AM PST by airborne (S. S. D. Y.)
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To: airborne

LOL...not sure. I grew up in Connecticut playing pond hockey. University of Connecticut (not a hockey power house) played their games in an outdoor rink when I was growing up.


45 posted on 01/01/2010 11:46:28 AM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: airborne

Thomas screwed that up pretty good...but he was doing the job his defensemen should have been doing.


46 posted on 01/01/2010 11:47:53 AM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: big'ol_freeper

WOOO!

Nice goal by Recchi! 1-1!

Could go to overtime!!!


47 posted on 01/01/2010 1:07:22 PM PST by airborne (S. S. D. Y.)
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To: big'ol_freeper
The game is pissa!! Fenway is rockin’.

Wickit pissa!

48 posted on 01/01/2010 1:08:51 PM PST by ShorelineMike (Constituo, ergo sum.)
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To: ShorelineMike

I have always maintained that ice hockey is the least heart healthy sport of the major sports... *thump, thump, thump*


49 posted on 01/01/2010 1:11:51 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: airborne; big'ol_freeper
Woohoo! ( high-fives airborne and big'ol_freeper )

Bruins on the power play in the overtime.

Fenway should be getting more "Friendly" any moment now.

50 posted on 01/01/2010 1:13:03 PM PST by ShorelineMike (Constituo, ergo sum.)
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