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NHL to reveal Winter Classic in worst secret ever

Posted on: September 22, 2011 3:27 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2011 12:53 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The NHL has scheduled a news conference for Monday to make a big announcement. Let's take a look at the release.

The National Hockey League will host a major press event Sept. 26 at Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia.
The press conference will start at 1:30 p.m. ET, and will be televised by the NHL Network and streamed at NHL.com. Coverage of the press conference on NHL Network will begin at 1 p.m. and be streamed on NHL.com.

The suspense is killing everybody; what could it be? Why have it at the home of baseball's Phill ... oh.

Yes, the NHL is going to finally announce the worst-kept secret going in sports, that the New York Rangers will play the Philadelphia Flyers in Citizens Bank Park for the Winter Classic. This thing has been leaked more than the U.S. Department of Defense's reports.

Just today the below video began making rounds around the Internet. Also, a pretty professional logo is floating out there too. Throw in the fact that it is the only game scheduled for the daytime on Jan. 2 (Jan. 1 belongs to the NFL this year ... absolute sacrilege the Rose Bowl won't be on New Year's Day, same goes for the Winter Classic) and HBO already beginning to film for its 24/7 series, and you could see this one a mile away. Make that 20 miles.

Whether or not the video or logo are genuine doesn't really matter. First of all, either could be used even if they aren't official, they look to be close enough. Secondly, it just underscores the point of how poorly this has been kept quiet.

Maybe this will be a lesson for the NHL. There has been no reason to delay making this announcement. Things have appeared to be wrapped up for months on this game. Instead, the NHL has taken away any suspense whatsoever from the announcement of its most spectacular event.

Photo: Courtesy of Puck Daddy

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kkjyywlpo
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:45 pm
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Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 3:45 am
 

NHL to reveal Winter Classic in worst secret ever

....is it just me...but im thinking playing an outdoor game in yaroslavl this year would have been a cool idea....its in no way unprecidented to send teams to western europe for regular season games....with the number of nhl players that hail from that region....it would have been appropriate



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: September 24, 2011 11:50 pm
 

NHL to reveal Winter Classic in worst secret ever

What is the point? How can it be considered a big secret when two teams in the league are short a game in their schedules, and only two... what point is the "cover up" ??


draper1997
Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: September 23, 2011 11:09 pm
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Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: September 23, 2011 7:53 pm
 

NHL to reveal Winter Classic in worst secret ever

I wonder if those same Flyer fans who complained about the Penguins last year having another Winter Classic game are saying the exact same thing about their team? Doubt it, I mean they are never hypocritical. Nah, not at all.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 2:42 pm
 

NHL to reveal Winter Classic in worst secret ever

kleaners:  "Throw in the fact that it is the only game scheduled for the daytime on Jan. 2 (Jan. 1 belongs to the NHL this year ... absolute sacrilege the Rose Bowl won't be on New Year's Day, same goes for the Winter Classic)



Huh? How does this make sense? Why do we care about Jan. 1 and why throw in football into a hockey article?"


It's kind of obvious...neither the NHL nor the Rose Bowl want to go head-to-head against the NFL on TV.  Jan 1 is a Sunday.




Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 10:39 am
 

NHL to reveal Winter Classic in worst secret ever

Hopefully its cold and not raining, and no injuries to one of the top stars of the game this year.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: September 23, 2011 9:31 am
 

NHL to reveal Winter Classic in worst secret ever

Throw in the fact that it is the only game scheduled for the daytime on Jan. 2 (Jan. 1 belongs to the NHL this year ... absolute sacrilege the Rose Bowl won't be on New Year's Day, same goes for the Winter Classic)



Huh? How does this make sense? Why do we care about Jan. 1 and why throw in football into a hockey article?



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2011 11:14 pm
 

NHL to reveal Winter Classic in worst secret ever

I think IronCity is on to something.  Instead of lining the pockets of greedy baseball or football owners, line the pockets of greedy college presidents instead.  

I was at the Big Chill last year (Mich State at UMich at the Big House) and it was a crazy environment.  These college have pretty huge stadiums, so why not use em?  Can you imagine the Blackhawks at the Wings at Michigan Stadium?  Or the Pens and the Flyers at Penn State?  The Bruins and Rangers at some university in the NE?  Or maybe the Wild and the Hawks at Camp Randall or where UMinny plays?  Ooooh, why not have two warm teams (Kings and Ducks, maybe) play on the blue turf up in Boise?  

Do something new and original...get some imagination because now that these games aren't being playing in old barns like Wrigley or Fenway the novelty is starting to wear off.  



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Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: September 22, 2011 10:49 pm
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