According to Newsday, the New York Rangers will face the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2012 NHL Winter Classic. Unlike previous years, the game will take place Jan. 2 at 8 p.m., rather than the traditional 1 p.m. New Year’s Day start time. The NHL will release the full NHL schedule later this week.
The game, which will take place in Philadelphia at Citizen’s Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Philies baseball team, was moved back a day because NBC has NFL broadcast commitments on Jan. 1.
Returning from last year will be HBO’s 24/7 series, which follows both teams in their lead up to the game. It should be interesting to see how much access Rangers coach John Tortorella will give the HBO crew, as he’s always been known to enjoy a more controlled atmosphere when it comes to the media.
This year’s game will be the first outdoor game the Rangers have played since 1991, when they faced-off against the Los Angeles Kings in the parking lot of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The game drew about 14,000 fans in the 80 degree weather. The Rangers lost 5-2.
I’m surprised its taken this long to get the Rangers in a Winter Classic. I still think the NHL missed a huge money-maker not pitting the Blueshirts against the Boston Bruins in 2010 at Fenway Park.
Anyone planning on making the trip to Philly? I know I’m thinking about it. Tell me in the comments.