CITIZENS BANK PARK — It wasn’t the conclusion Ed Snider wanted, but even a heartbreaking Flyers loss to the rival New York Rangers on Monday couldn’t damper the chairman’s feelings about the Philadelphia-hosted Winter Classic.
“It was an incredible weekend for the city, for the fans,” said Snider, from the Phillies’ clubhouse in the bowels of Citizens Bank Park. “And I think everyone had a great time until the end. We would have liked to have won the game, but I’m proud at how the team played, we had opportunities to win it and I think we played very well. It’s a long season and I’m not disappointed.”
Pulling in 46,967 fans for the primary event would have been viewed as a rousing success for the Flyers and NHL, who co-hosted the event. But with 45,808 fans also entering the building for Saturday’s Flyers—Rangers alumni game, Snider believes the Philadelphia fans sent the fifth annual Winter Classic weekend to new heights.
“It came off better than I could have imagined,” said Snider. “The alumni game was a sell out and it set a new standard for the league. We are really proud of of our fans.
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CITIZENS BANK PARK – It took 18 career games, a myriad of injuries to push through and a hockey stage never before seen in Philadelphia.
But in story tale fashion, in the second period of Monday’s Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park, Brayden Schenn earned his much anticipated and highly memorable first NHL goal.
“When it went in I kind of blacked out,” said Schenn, whose efforts were thwarted by a third-period Flyers collapse and eventual 3-2 Rangers win. “I got so excited. It’s good to get it out of the way and it was especially nice with my family in town and I’m sure my brother [Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn] was watching, too.”
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It was an important rivalry game against good competition in a pressurized environment.
And the Flyers goaltender stood tall to prop up his team and also preserve the win.
However, the rarity wasn’t provided by franchise selection and HBO star Ilya Bryzgalov. It was the other Russian, Sergei Bobrovsky, who made 24 saves in Thursday night’s 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center.
With Bobrovsky’s confident outing, his second in a row after earning the 4-1 win in Dallas, the young goalie also handed coach Peter Laviolette some serious roster questions for the highly anticipated Winter Classic game against the New York Rangers on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.
If the Flyers wanted the best chance to win outdoors in front of the nation, they’d buck expectation and select Bobrovsky, the current steadier hand, as their choice between the pipes.
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With the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins less than a day away, hockey fans everywhere prepare themselves to hear the consistent over-fluffing of stars Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, mixed with the forced discussion of what a fierce, and mostly contrived, rivalry the two teams possess with one another.
But as the Pittsburgh Post Gazette found out, despite what the media and league try to strong-arm into the New Year’s Day game, the Penguins’ players know that their animosity with the Capitals takes a backseat to one a little more personal.
“I think Philly will always be No. 1,” said Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik. “But just from the time I’ve been here, I would say probably Washington and Detroit (are next in line).”
According to a study by ESPN.com, the Wachovia Center had 15% of its vendors in “critical violation” of the health code in 2009.
“Inspectors found evidence of mouse and fruit fly infestations at one bar location.”
As revolting as that sounds, the home of the Flyers and Philadelphia 76ers ranks as the most compliant professional venue in the state of Pennsylvania and is in the upper echelon of all the arenas graded.
It’s going to be Winter Classic times two in 2011.
According to a report by TSN, the NHL is expected to announce two Winter Classic games in 2011 starting with the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day and the Calgary Flames versus the Montreal Canadiens in a place to be determined and a time to be determined in February. The official announcement is expected to come on Friday.
Before the start of the season, it was leaked that Flyers’ goalie Ray Emery would sport a special mask for the Winter Classic game against the Boston Bruins at Fenway Park on New Year’s Day. The mask will feature the goalies of Flyers past, Ron Hextall, Bernie Parent and Pelle Lindbergh.
But as it seems, that might not be the only new equipment Emery will wear. Seen in practice wearing classic brown equipment, Emery appeared to be breaking in the new-old duds not seen since Parent and Lindbergh.
No new equipment, other than the mask, has been confirmed. But that brown seems to be a bit too “classic” to be anything other.
Although the Flyers will officially unveil their retro-style jerseys at 2 p.m. today, at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., a source has confirmed to Philabright that they will indeed be the white jerseys from Stanley Cup champion teams of ’74 and ’75.
The organization wanted to keep the jersey style under wraps for as long as possible, to make the debut somewhat of a spectacle. Ian Laperriere, Danny Briere and Braydon Coburn will shoot three pucks at a cut block of ice containing the jersey. Once released, the players will put on the jersey for media photos.
Live streaming of the event can be found on CsnPhilly.com and Philadelphiaflyers.com.
According to the Flyers’ website, (thanks to ClockworkFlyers for the find) the team will unveil their Winter Classic jerseys on Sept. 11. at 2 P.M. In the past few years of the event, the teams involved in the Classic have worn throwback uniforms, most notably the Chicago Blackhawks from the 1930’s.
My guess would be the Flyers will decide on the team’s road whites from the Stanley Cup champion teams of the 70’s, but nothing is official.
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The 2010 Winter Classic will take place on New Year’s Day at Fenway Park, against the Boston Bruins.
In his latest column, further pushing the stagnant marketing strategy of individualization of hockey, Scott Burnside of ESPN made it perfectly clear that he believes the Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin should be involved in the Winter Classic in place of the Philadelphia Flyers. And even though Burnside is just trying to grow the game, albeit with a strategy that has clearly maxed out its potential, he’s still simply wrong.