Even though it’s been thrown around for months, the NHL formally announced the New York Rangers will meet the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2012 Winter Classic in Philadelphia at Citzen’s Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Philies. The game will be played Jan. 2.
“The Rangers- Flyers rivalry is one of our very best,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said at the news conference held today in Philadelphia. “It is only a short distance from Broadway to Broad Street, and over the years, these not-so-neighborly teams have provided an assortment of memorable games. I have every expecation that the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will provide great moments to remember.”
For the first time in the five-year history of the game, the Winter Classic will be held Jan. 2 rather than New Year’s Day, due to the NFL controlling Sundays, as well as the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Washington Redskins.
“The Rangers organization is honored and excited to take part in what has become one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year,” said Rangers general manager Glen Sather.
Well, what can you say that already hasn’t been said about this game? I’m pretty excited, to say the least. I’m a little upset the game will fall on a Monday rather than Sunday because I may have work. Other than that, it’s going to be a great game. I think the NHL was long over-due in getting the Rangers, undoubtably one of the biggest team in the NHL, into one of these games. Good things come to those who wait, though, and the team will finally get their shot.