Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 12/28/11
Dave Lozo at NHL.com reports that the Winter Classic will be Carl Hagelin's third time taking it outdoors as he previously played in two outdoor games while at the University of Michigan...

"I've played two outdoor games now, and I was more nervous for the first one than I was for the second one," Hagelin told NHL.com. "I know what the ice is going to be like. At Wisconsin, it was really cold so there were big chunks of ice coming up all the time. We were fortunate last year at The Big House (Michigan Stadium). We had the perfect temperature. The ice was like any other ice. I know how everyone is going to feel out there. It feels like you can skate forever. You don't really get tired on the ice with all the fresh air. At least, that's the way I felt."

When Hagelin played at the University of Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium against Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and the Badgers back in Feb. 2010, it was in front of 55,031 fans. Against the Michigan State Spartans at Michigan Stadium, there were 113,411 announced fans packed into the stadium in December of 2010, a record for attendance at a hockey game.

Citizens Bank Park will have a capacity of about 47,000 for the Winter Classic.

...it's not too often a team can look to a rookie for experience, but I'm sure more than a couple of veteran Ranger players have discussed the atmosphere of an outdoor game with Hagelin.

...h/t to readers Agentsmith and Matt L.

Meanwhile, Brian Boyle recalls a scary moment playing outdoors to NHL.com, when his father fell through the ice on a lake when the Rangers center was just four years old.

For more Winter Classic news including Mark Messier discussing the alumni game click the "Read More" tab below.

NHL.com says the forecast for Jan. 2 in Philadelphia is calling for a clear day and temperatures in the mid-40s, however the recent rain has been playing havoc with their ability to lay ice.

...this is the fifth year of the Winter Classic so I have all the confidence in the world that the NHL will have a nice sheet of ice come January 2nd.

The Empire State Building will celebrate the Winter Classic by shining its world-famous tower lights in Rangers and Flyers colors.

Here's Mark Messier discussing his preparations for the Winter Classic alumni game...

Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

T.J. Ward: Broncos defense doesn’t care who’s playing QB

Tokyo already dealing with rising costs for 2020 Olympics

Bears first-round pick Leonard Floyd carted off practice field

Report: Bills and Tyrod Taylor continue to talk extension

Report: Title contender planning to poach Curry from Warriors


Fitzpatrick on negotiations: I wouldn’t wish it on anybody

NBA players to fund health insurance for former players

Report: Geno Smith 'intent' on beating out Ryan Fitzpatrick

Greg Jennings: Ryan Tannehill has had his hands tied by coaches

Josh McDaniels 'happy' with Pats but wants to be a head coach again

WATCH: Jim Harbaugh in cleats throws out first pitch at Cubs game

Royals want to package Ian Kennedy, Wade Davis in trades

Canucks don't dismiss acquiring player with past issues

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ordered to pay $900K to auction house

Six potential landing spots for Nick Foles

Jack Nicklaus puzzled by Tiger Woods' woes, golf absence

Brown responds to Marshall's high-stakes challenge

Seven most mind-boggling NFL contracts of 2016

Is Jackie Bradley Jr. the Red Sox’s MVP?

Did Joey Votto reject kid who asked for his batting gloves?

Rams got it right releasing Nick Foles, trusting Jared Goff

Report: Ravens WR Mike Wallace failed conditioning test

WATCH: Kobe Bryant drives Ferrari around Italian racetrack

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker