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Hockey Invades the Bank

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For one week, Citizens Bank Park was turned into a Winter Wonderland filled with hockey action.

The action featured Philadelphia hockey in it’s most beautiful and elegant form, which was in front of 45,000-plus diehard Flyers fans for the whole world to see.

The past week was the fifth annual NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic. For the third time it was held in the confines of a true American landmark: a ball park. After Chicago’s Wrigley Field and Boston’s Fenway Park, Citizens Bank Park played host to the growing winter sensation the NHL created with the Heritage Classic in Canada almost a decado ago.

The fantastic week of hockey, which we will recap with a little help from “The Checking Line – Flyers Edition“, began on New Years Eve and concluded this past Friday, January 6.

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Winter Classic today at 3:00

Phillies fans, if you really want to see Citizens Bank Park filled with your fellow brethren, check out NBC today at 3 PM.

The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers will turn one of America’s most beautiful baseball parks into an outdoor hockey barn for one day.

The Classic will showcase Philadelphia as a fervent hockey town, a diehard sports town and a great city overall.

For a preview of today’s game, check out Larry D’Angelo’s (@Wrectangled) post up on The Checking Line – Flyers Edition.

If you’re not out there freezing your butt off, sit at home, crack open a few beers and enjoy one of the most incredible rivalries in the NHL.

It’s New York/North Jersey vs Philly/South Jersey; cheesecakes vs cheesesteaks; Rangers vs Flyers.

Your daily Winter Classic post

It’s the off season so spare me your dramatics. We’ll be back to real news and well thought out content in no time.

So Adam Kimelman (@NHLAdamK) has been a champ at posting photos of Citizens Bank Park as it prepares for hockey. The photos he tweeted today include Ashburn Alley being given a little makeover and the progress being made on the rink.

Rink after the jump…

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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 tickets have arrived

Photo tweeted by @AlexisCicc

The Winter Classic tickets look absolutely gorgeous.

Christmas is coming early for Flyers fans, who are finding very special envelopes from Santa Claus… eeerr the Flyers. Tickets are slowly arriving to those fortunate (and with fatter wallets) to attend the 2012 Bridgestone Winter Classic held at Citizens Bank Park on January 2.

In the coming month, this site will turn into a mini hockey blog to lead into the Winter Classic, a certainly special event that’s going to bring out the hockey fan in a lot of people.

As one of the most influential franchises in the NHL, Philadelphia is going to help expose the NHL to the rest of the country in a very positive way.

Rangers versus Flyers: it’s NHL hockey at it’s finest.

Winter Classic jerseys revealed

Photo courtesy of Dave Isaac

The Checking Line confirmed the leaked jerseys a couple weeks ago.

Today, they were made official at 11:30 ET.

The jerseys are in fact very classy, including an already popular accessory: the laces at the neck. The jerseys will go on sale at the Wells Fargo Center at 1 PM.

More pictures after the jump:

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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.

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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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Nine Flyers taking BP before Phils game

I wonder out of this bunch would be the best hitter?

I’m going to put my money on Scott Hartnell for power and I can see Claude Giroux being a feisty little slap hitter.

James van Riemsdyk and Matt Carle are the only USA-born players on the Flyers but that won’t make much of a difference, especially because Sidney Crosby, a notorious Canadian, hit a bomb at PNC Park during batting practice once.

Kind of cool. I hope to see some pictures of the BP on Twitter.

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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.