2012 Winter Classic: Record AHL Attendance Set At Citizens Bank Park

The Rangers came from behind to win a dramatic Winter Classic over the Flyers 3-2 at Citizens Bank Park

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2012 Winter Classic: Record AHL Attendance Set At Citizens Bank Park

An American Hockey League-record crowd of 45,653 fans watched the Hershey Bears lose 4-3 to the Adirondack Phantoms Friday night at Citizen Bank Park. The attendance mark crushed the previous record of 21,673 set last year in an outdoor game between the Connecticut and Providence at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT.

The Bears and Phantoms played four days after the Philadelphia Flyers were edged by the New York Rangers, 3-2, in front of 46,967 fans during the 2012 Winter Classic, Jan. 2, at Citizen Bank Park. The largest crowd to witness a Winter Classic happened during the inaugural event at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, NY when 71,217 people were in attendance for the Sabres vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008.

The AHL's inaugural outdoor game between Syracuse and Binghamton in 2010 drew 21,508 fans the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

See SBNation Philly's StoryStream for complete Winter Classic coverage. You can visit Broad Street Hockey for the Flyers perspective. For the Rangers, check out Blueshirt Banter for the Rangers perspective.

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2012 Winter Classic Highlights, Flyers Vs. Rangers (Video): Danny Briere Penalty Shot And More

Despite the outcome for Philadelphia Flyers fans -- a 3-2 loss to Atlantic Division rival the New York Rangers -- the 2012 Winter Classic was an event that hockey fans will have a hard time forgetting. The contest featured a lot of good hitting, a three-goal string, including a pair coming within 30 seconds of each other; a controversial, third-period whistle that prevented a would-be game-tying goal; and a penalty shot with 19.6 seconds remaining that could have potentially led to an overtime.

To top it all off, it even started snowing at one point!

If you missed all the action, well here's a full highlights provided by NHLHockey95 via YouTube:

NHL: 2012 Winter Classic Highlights - Flyers vs Rangers 1/2/12 (via NHLHockey95)

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NHL Winter Classic 2012, Flyers Vs. Rangers: TV Ratings, Ticket Sales Do Well

Monday's 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers in the 2012 Winter Classic was a disappointing one for Philadelphia Flyers fans but there was some good to come out of the narrow loss, as the NHL seems to have found its signature event.

According to ESPN.com's Sports Business writer Kristi Dosh, via Twitter, the ratings for the annual outdoor event, held this year at Citizen Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA, "beat out ABC, CBS and FOX in 18-49 category." Dosh also said ticket sales for the event have seen huge growth.

"Ticket re-seller StubHub has seen overall ticket sales for the Winter Classic trump not only the all-star game but also quite a few Stanley Cup games.

"The Winter Classic also out-sold Game 1 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, and the 2008 Winter Classic was the second-best selling game of the regular season."

See SBNation Philly's StoryStream for complete Winter Classic coverage. You can visit BroadStreetHockey for the Flyers perspective. For the Rangers, check out Blueshirt Banter for the Rangers perspective.

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Winter Classic 2012: Rangers Beat Flyers 3-2

The Rangers came from behind to win a dramatic Winter Classic over the Flyers 3-2. The Flyers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second period, but three straight goals from the visitors and superb goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist earned the Rangers a pivotal 2 points.

The most dramatic moment in the game came in the waning seconds, when a Ranger player covered up the puck in the crease, prompting the refs to call for a penalty shot with the Flyers down a goal. So with :19 left, Danny Briere, one of the best penalty shot takers in the NFL, had a chance to tie the game. However, as he did all night, Lundqvist bailed out the Rangers and made the game saving stop.

So, as it always seems do with the Flyers, this one came down to goaltending. The game tying goal allowed by Sergei Bobrovsky to Mike Rupp was soft, Henrik Lundqvist stood on his head and Ilya Bryzgalov watched from the bench.

See SBNation Philly's StoryStream for complete Winter Classic coverage. You can visit BroadStreetHockey for the Flyers perspective. For the Rangers, check out Blueshirt Banter for the Rangers perspective.

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Winter Classic 2012, Flyers Vs. Rangers: Time, TV, Live Streaming And More

The Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Rangers Monday in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic at Citizen Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. The NHL's annual outdoor game, which began in 2008, will begin at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, and will pair two Eastern Conference Atlantic Division rivals who have already faced off twice this season -- the Rangers won both meetings.

If you're interested in catching the game but don't know where to find it, well here's the Winter Classics game time, TV schedule and radio streams:

Location: Citizen Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

Game Time: 3 p.m. ET. Gates open at 1 p.m.

  • Sports Complex Parking Lots will open at 9 a.m. ET
  • Spectator Plaza will operate from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ET.
  • Gates to Citizens Bank Park will open at 1 p.m. ET

TV: NBC -- "Doc" Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter).

  • Pregame Show on NBC, 1 p.m.

Rangers Radio Stream: 1050 ESPN

Flyers Radio Stream: 94 WIP

-- See SBNation Philly's StoryStream for complete Winter Classic coverage. You can visit BroadStreetHockey for the Flyers perspective. For the Rangers, check out Blueshirt Banter for the Rangers perspective.

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2012 Winter Classic, Flyers Vs. Rangers: Game Time Moved Because Of Weather Forecast

Expecting an unseasonal weather forecast that is calling for a high temperature of 41-degrees and some sun, the NHL decided Sunday to move up the game time of Monday's 2012 Winter Classic between the Philadelphia Fylers and New York Rangers at Citizen Bank Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

"The revised start time is based on tomorrow's weather forecast and should offer optimal game conditions for players and fans, said an official release by the NHL"

The contest will be played on a specially made rink that needs the right temperate to stay playable. It seems that starting the game at 3 p.m. will at least preserve the ice enough for a full 60-minute contest.

Only twice in five years has there been weather issues during the Winter Classic. The first came during the inaugural in 2008, when the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins played in snow flurries at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Then, last last year at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA, the Penguins and Washington Capitals played in a bit of a drizzle during the game.

-- See SBNation Philly's StoryStream for complete Winter Classic coverage. You can visit BroadStreetHockey for the Flyers perspective. For the Rangers, check out Blueshirt Banter for the Rangers perspective.

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NHL Winter Classic: Sergei Bobrovsky To Start For Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers's starting goaltender for the 2012 Winter Classic has been decided, but it it wasn't head coach Peter Laviolette who made the announcement Saturday instead it was goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

"Great news, I’m not playing tomorrow night," Bryzgalov said Sasturday. "Good news, we have a chance to win the game."

Despite Laviolette not telling either goaltender who would be facing the New York Rangers Monday in the NHL's annual outdoor game, which will be played at Citizen Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA (1 p.m. on NBC), Bryzgalov told reporters that backup Sergei Bobrovsky would get the start. The assumption by Bryzgalov was made because Laviolette has been using a day-to-day evaluation on players, who have been rewarded with good play by more minutes.

In the his last three starts, Bobrowsky has played well and won all three, while Bryzgalov has been inconsistent in three of his last four starts.


GP MIN W L EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2011 - Sergei Bobrovsky 14 715 8 2 30 2.52 349 319 .914 0

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2012 Winter Classic, Flyers Vs. Rangers: Weather Report, Game Time, TV Schedule

The 2012 NHL Winter Classic is about 24 hours away and it seems that the weather report for the NHL's annual outdoor game looks pretty promising. According to Weather.com, Sunday's forecast calls for windy and mild conditions, but very little chance for any precipitation to ruin the contest between the two East Conference rivals, Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, who will play in a specially created rink in the middle of Citzen Bank Park.

The game will be broadcast on NBC starting at 1 p.m., and around that time the weather is predicted to be around 41-degress with a wind around 23 miles per hour and just a 20-percent chance of any precipitation. As the contest progresses nothing is really suppose to change.

Only twice in five years has there been precipitation during the Winter Classic. The first came during the inaugural in 2008, when the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins played in snow flurries at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Then, last last year at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA, the Penguins and Washington Capitals played in a bit of a drizzle during the game.

For more on the NHL Winter Classic and the Alumni Game check out our full storystream and Broad Street Hockey.

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Winter Classic Alumni Game: Flyers Legends Score 3-1 Victory Over Rangers

In what is seen as a largely a dress rehearsal for the Winter Classic on January 2nd, Flyers and Rangers alumni took the ice this afternoon for the annual Winter Classic Alumni game in front of 45,000 fans at Citizens Bank Park In Philadelphia. The Flyers legends emerged with a 3-1 thanks to goals from John LeClair, Shjon Podein & Mark Howe.

The star of the day however had to be 66 year old Flyers hall of fame goaltender Bernie Parent, who played only about 4 minutes, but stopped all six shots he faced, including a breakaway from Ron Dugay. It was pretty amazing just to see a guy of Parent’s age suit up, but for him to play well and make some saves really got the fans in South Philadelphia excited.

Other than Parent. the story was the partial reunion of the famed "Legion of Doom" line. While Mikael Renberg could not make it, Eric Lindros and John LeClair teamed up with Mark Recchi to reform the famous line which struck early when Lindros found LeClair at the side of the net for a tap in past Rangers goalie John Vanbeisbrouck.

All in all it was a feel good afternoon in South Philly to see all the Flyers and Rangers legends back on the ice. The pace was slow, the hockey was pretty bad, but excitement was there. The current Flyers and Rangers faceoff on Monday for the real thing.

For more on the NHL Winter Classic and the Alumni Game check out our full storystream and Broad Street Hockey.

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NHL Winter Classic 2012: Game History, Results, Flyers Vs. Rangers

In just four days the Philadelphia Flyers will host the New York Rangers in the 2012 edition of the NHL Winter Classic, which will be played at Citizen Bank Park, Jan. 2 (1 p.m. ET on NBC). This will be the second time the Flyers franchise will play in the NHL's annual outdoor game that begin in 2008 when the Buffalo Sabres hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

It was just two years ago, that Philadelphia lost in overtime to the Boston Bruins, 2-1, at Fenway Park. It was also the second time in the game's history that the contest couldn't be decided in regulation -- Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo, 2-1, in a shootout.

The recent history of these two legendary Eastern Conference Atlantic Division franchises, features the Flyers and Rangers already playing twice this season, as New York won both contests.

On Nov. 26, the Rangers used goals from center Brad Richards and right winger Brandon Prust, and 29 saves from goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to blank visiting Philadelphia, 2-0.

And, just a few days ago, Dec. 23, the Rangers used another solid effort by Lundqvist (28 saves) to beat the Flyers, 4-2.

Here's a composite final score history of the NHL's Winter Classic:

2008: Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Buffalo Sabres 1 (SO) -- Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, NY
2009: Detroit Red Wings 6, Chicago Black Hawks 4 -- Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
2010: Boston Bruins 2, Flyers 1 (OT) -- Fenway Park in Boston, MA
2011: Washington Capitals 3, Penguins 1 -- Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA

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NHL Winter Classic 2012: NBC's 'Doc' Emrick Talks Flyers Vs. Rangers

The 2012 Winter Classic is just one week away, and everyone who's associated with the NHL's annual outdoor game, which this year will be played between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers at Citizen Bank Park in Philadelphia, is excited about it.

On Saturday, USAToday.com published an interview with the contest's play-by-play announcer, NBC's 'Doc' Emrick, who talked about the electric atmosphere that surround the game.

"It's as close to a Game 7 of a Stanley Cup Final as you can get," said Emrick. "...These guys have been all over the world and they've played a lot of hockey in a lot of venues but this is a special one."

Emrick was also asked about the rash of head injuries, which have plagued the Flyers, and what the league can do to solve the problem.

"The analogy of the 500 Mile Race leads me to conclude that widening the rink by even three or four feet," said Emrick, "might make a difference. Seating wise I know there wouldn't be a lot of trouble because normally the lower seats are temporary anyway. I am uncertain of the 30 rinks and how the ice plant could be expanded. I am sure there is ice enough in some---Calgary for example---and building would have to place in others."

For the full interview with 'Doc' Emrick click on this link.

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Flyers Winter Classic 2012 Rendering: What Citizen Bank Park Will Look Like

On Monday, the ice trucks that will help Citizens Bank Park transform from a baseball stadium into an ice rink for the 2012 Winter Classic arrived. That means only one thing, the annual NHL outdoor game, which will be played Monday, Jan. 2, between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, is almost here! -- in fact, its just 13 days away!

And, if you'd like an idea of what the stadium is going to look like on that day. Well, you're in luck, as Schuyler Baehman, who's the NHL Senior Manager of Communications, tweeted Monday a rendering of what Citizens Bank Park will look like with a hockey rink in the middle of it.

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What a great picture! Travis Hughes of the Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey had this to say Monday:

"I think the one thing that's surprising is that mound of temporary bleachers in center field," said Hughes. "(Unless you have tickets there.) Then, I guess they're not that surprising at all.) Those will block off the ivy and the bullpen and create a lot more seats for the game, but it looks like they shield some of the outfield seats from a full view of the ice. They certainly take away some killer standing room views out on Ashburn Alley."

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Winter Classic Jersey Unveiling Today

After months of speculation, the Flyers are unveiling their Winter Classic jersey today at Citizens Bank Park. Beginning at 11:30 AM, the team will hold a press conference, which Broad Street Hockey will be covering.

The jerseys are supposed to look something like what icethetics reported last week, thanks to player tees currently for sale.

For full coverage, follow Broad Street Hockey.

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Winter Classic Jersey Speculation: Two Images Similar, Getting Closer to Real?

After sources confirmed a jersey to Philly Sports Daily in October, it became less likely with each day that it was actually the jersey the Flyers would wear on the Citizens Bank Park infield January 2nd. So we waited for another possible leak.

Today, The Orange Update posted an image - since removed - of the Winter Classic jersey, saying:

"This design, confirmed by people involved with the design and production of the jerseys, has been recognized as the 'closest they've seen' to 'the actual thing.'"

Luckily, Puck Daddy wrote about it before the story was removed - the catalyst for it being removed? - which captured the image and some of the language.

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via Puck Daddy

Later today, icethetics posted their theory on what the jersey would be by simply saying, "Again, understand these are based on what I believe to be true. Feel free to tell me how wrong I am."

 

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via icethetics

With only small differences, the two jerseys look largely the same. Is it possible that these are actually, at least, very close to the jerseys the Flyers will wear

The icethetics mockups have the added element of realism, but that may just be superior artwork always found on their site. In any event, the keystone under captain patches is a fantastic addition.

Other than that, these are simply the Flyers current home threads with alternate black/white numbers and letters as well as off-white instead of white. Is that enough to get you to buy one, if real?

UPDATE: As Crossing Broad pointed out on twitter, Frank Seravalli of the Daily News has already gotten a Flyers executive to deny The Orange Update's claim. While nothing above contradicts this information, it is worth clarifying.

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Sources Confirm Flyers Winter Classic Jersey

According to Dave Isaac of Philly Sports Daily, multiple sources have confirmed the jersey that the Flyers will wear during the Winter Classic.

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via phillysportsdaily.com

One problem with these is that Claude Giroux is not an alternate captain. Otherwise, I'm not sure what I think of these. I like the classic look (makes sense considering the game), but I don't love them. I think it needs a cream colored stripe somewhere on the bottom, instead of the triple black, but my reaction is quite lukewarm.

In either event, what do you think?

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2012 Winter Classic: Multiple Events Highlight the Schedule

While the Winter Classic will be played between the Flyers and Rangers on Monday, January 2nd at 1 p.m., that won’t be the only event taking place on Citizens Bank Park ice.

Prior to the game, the Flyers and Rangers will be continuing the tradition of having an alumni game. This year’s will be on Saturday, December 31st and 1 p.m., and there is already a push to get Flyers great – and Rangers alum – Eric Lindros to play in the game. Considering how important Lindros was to the Flyers’ resurgence to relevance in the 1990s, how integral he was in building the home the Flyers currently play in, and how he revolutionized the game, Lindros’ inclusion in the Alumni Game is something the Flyers should work hard to ensure.

After the Winter Classic, two former Flyers’ AHL affiliates will play on the Citizens Bank Park infield. On Friday, January 6th at 7 p.m., the Adirondack Phantoms will host the Hershey Bears. For those fans who are likely to be shut out from getting tickets to the main event, this could be a nice consolation prize. The Phantoms look to build off of last year’s second-half resurgence, behind a new influx of talent. Who knows what the team will look like in January, but this game should be easier to get into while still being exciting.

Yet to be announced is when the rink will be opened for public skates. But there will be more than just an NHL game in Citizens Bank to draw fans in.

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Winter Classic to be Announced Today at Citizens Bank Park

The NHL announced that they will be holding a press conference today at Citizens Bank Park, beginning at 1:30 p.m. It seems a fairly safe assumption that this will be the official announcement of the 2012 Winter Classic between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers.

The announcement is later than usual, which has led some to believe that the jerseys worn by each team will be revealed today as well. In other words, today is likely to reveal a lot.

Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that the Flyers will be represented by Chris Pronger, Matt Carle, James van Riemsdyk, and Scott Hartnell, though Hartnell’s presence may be hampered by the disclosure of his rapid heart beat.

The press conference will be streamed live on the NHL Network, NHL.com, and each of the official team sites for the Flyers, Rangers, and Phillies.

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