Friday, January 1, 2010

NHL Winter Classic

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.


  1. Big Amen on the Winter Classic, Matt. I was back in Buffalo for New Year's into 2008, and watched the Buffalo-Pittsburgh game on the tube at a bar with buddies--great time. My nephew was at the game. The NHL hit a big-time winner with it, and it's time for it to have the Rangers, some teams out west like Colorado and Minnesota, and definitely the Canadian teams. When Edmonton did an outdoor game several years, it was bone-chilling cold, but 58,000 showed up and the players still loved it.

  2. Thanks Jason. It really is one of the best sporting events of the year. I'm hopeful Yankee Stadium will get one sometime soon, but it looks like the bowl game will prevent that from happening for at least the next three years.

    Watching that game yesterday inspired me to get out on the pond last night for the first time in years. I'll be at the BC-BU game at Fenway next Friday; can't wait for that one.