Good morning Fackers. And Happy New Year. Hope you're hangover isn't treating you too badly.
While the baseball news is dwindling down as we enter the dead period leading up to spring training, today is a day for laying on the couch and watching other sports. The NHL's third annual Winter Classic will take place at Fenway Park this afternoon as the Boston Bruins host the Philadelphia Flyers. The U.S. roster for next month's Winter Olympics will be announced before the game.
The Bruins goaltenders, Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask, have had custom masks created for the classic. Yesterday, Puck Daddy linked to a picture of Rask's mask. In the event you're too comatose to click through today, the mask features a Bruin busting through Fenway's 406 Club, with remnants of a tattered Yankee jersey in its teeth. Didn't know that the Yankees played hockey, or that the Finnish Rask was such a hockey fan. Thomas is likely to start today, so it's unlikely the Rask Mask will see any action.
Puck Daddy also has an interesting look at how Fenway has been transformed into a hockey park for the Classic.
Puck drops at 1 PM on NBC. Be sure to give it a look; very cool to see an outdoor hockey game.
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