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Winter Classic Is Officially Official, Sort Of

August 26, 2011, by

While the NHL still hasn’t formally announced the Winter Classic, news has been popping up left and right about the game.  It could quite possibly be the worst kept secret in the NHL, ever.  Over at Puck Daddy, they have confirmed that the Winter Classic will indeed happen between the Rangers and the Flyers on January 2, 2012.  Also confirmed is the New Year’s Eve Alumni Classic.

I have to laugh at this, because this is one of the more humorous events to be ongoing this summer.  The NHL hasn’t formally announced anything while they work out the kinks with Phillies ownership, so it’s understandable.  But it’s funny how all these different things pop up confirming the Winter Classic.  Also funny is that the auction mentioned in PD’s link has now been updated to “COMING SOON”.

The Alumni Game might be fun to watch, as I’m sure guys like Messier, Leetch, and Graves will suit up.  I doubt Richter will though because of all those concussions.  Maybe Lindros suits up for the Rangers?  That would be kind of funny.  If he suits up for the Flyers, think he gets booed?

As for the game itself, holding it on January 2 is perfect because it really does eliminate the competition with all those NCAA football bowl games.  I never understood why the NHL went toe-to-toe with college football, they can’t win.

But if you were holding off on planning your trip to the US/Philly for the official announcement, consider this to be as official as you’re going to get until the put an end to this mockery.  The auction was being done by Ed Snider, who owns Comcast/NBC/the Flyers/the city of Philadelphia.  So go for it, book those flights.  Or don’t.  Honestly, at this rate they might “officially” announce the game in October.

Categories : Around the League


  1. Rick in Boston says:

    Dave, I believe a number of the January 1 bowl games are being played the 2nd because it conflicts with the NFL schedule. I do know that the Rose Bowl is never played on Sundays, and if 1/1 is a Sunday it is played the following day.

  2. Dave says:

    Well so much for not going up against the Rose Bowl. Ridiculous.

    • Rick in Boston says:

      Rose and Fiesta. In total, there are six bowl games that day – two BCS, two second-tier and two third-tier games. I wonder if they should schedule it for January 3, when you only have the Sugar Bowl.

  3. The Suit says:

    Ratings wise, the bowl games don’t really affect hockey. It’s worse if they go up against the NFL. There isn’t as much crossover as you would think.

    • Dave says:

      I guess that’s because there aren’t any good college football teams around here. I don’t count UConn because I hate the school, and they shouldn’t have been in the Orange Bowl to begin with. Stupid auto-bids.

      • The Suit says:

        That’s prob the case locally.

        Nationally, from the little bit of research I have seen, its because college football fans are a different segment than hockey fans. Urban vs. suburan or rural, younger vs. old, etc.

  4. Matt J says:

    Rangers should get a few guys to suit up for the alumni game.

    Matt Barnaby
    Paavel Bure
    Ron Greschner
    Craig Mactavish (Doesn’t need to wear a helmet)
    John Vanbiesbrouck (Since Richter and Blackburn can’t go)
    Glenn Anderson
    Stephane Matteau
    Esa Tikanen
    Alexei Kovalev
    Wayne Gretzky (Come on we all we see him and Messier on a line again)

    Oh and just for laughs Jagr could suit up for us for the alumni game, and then suit for the Flyers before the real game.