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The Winter Classic ice truck is in Philly

As per the Flyers official Twitter page:

Photo courtesy of @NHLFlyers

Yep, that is indeed the truck that carries the magical ice for the Winter Classic. It is parked outside of the Wells Fargo Center for the Flyers 1:00 PM showdown with the Boston Bruins.

Today’s game will be the last game in Philadelphia for the Flyers before January 2. The team closes out December on a five-game road trip.

Depressingly enough, the picture includes only one active player for the Flyers as captain Chris Pronger (center) is out for the season with severe post-concussion syndrome and the NHL’s leading scorer Claude Giroux (right) is out indefinitely with a concussion as well.

For more Winter Classic news, check out the official Winter Classic page.

Winter Classic jerseys confirmed

The Bridgestone Winter Classic, which will be held at Citizens Bank Park on January 2, 2012, was completely finalized minus the jerseys.

Well, now that part is official too. Philly Sports Daily’s David Isaac has a handful of sources confirming the Flyers Winter Classic jerseys, which are NOT the horrible Tony the Tiger jerseys that have been sold on eBay. And to the fools who bought them… I’m sorry, but you’re a fool.

Anyway, after the jump are the jerseys… Read more of this post

NHL officially announces Winter Classic at CBP

Over the next couple of weeks, “Team to Beat” will be talking just a little bit of hockey.

With posts on the Winter Classic coming up soon from writer Dan MacNeal and newly added contributor Alicia Sprenkle, there obvious buzz around the 2012 Winter Classic is going to be made apparent this year.

As most of you know already, the Philadelphia Flyers will be hosting the New York Rangers in the 5th installment of the Bridgestone tire sponsored event made popular by the National Hockey League. The game, which is unique for being held outdoors in either a football or baseball stadium, will be coming to Citizens Bank Park on January 2, 2012.

That’s right, the home of your 2008 World Champion, two-time NL Champion and five-time NL East champion Phillies will be the hosting spot to one of the biggest single-game events of the year.

Read after the jump to check out some of the things that were announced in today’s official announcement.

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CBP to host NHL’s Winter Classic

The Flyers' Claude Giroux battles in the corner for a loose puck with Boston's Matt Hunwick in the 2009 Winter Classic at Fenway Park. Also pictured is Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The National Hockey League is bringing the Winter Classic to Philadelphia.

Playing in their second Winter Classic in three years, the Philadelphia Flyers will host the New York Rangers on January 2, 2012 at Citizens Bank Park according to league officials.

With the National Football League schedule showing games on January 1, the annual date of the Winter Classic, the NHL has decided to move it back one day in order to not compete with the NFL.

And with the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Washington Redskins that week, Lincoln Financial Field was unavailable.

The NHL wanted Philadelphia, a sports town like no other. NBC also wanted New York, their target market. That’s what brought the game to CBP.

The first winter classic has gone back and forth between football and baseball stadiums. In it’s first year, the Buffalo Sabres hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The following two years were in Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park, where the Flyers were hosted by the Boston Bruins. Last season, the game was played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

The official announcement will be made later this month.

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