Found January 03, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
The Winter Classic is the NHLs best American marketing tool. Better than points leader Claude Giroux, who might as well be Claude Gir-who outside the Northeast and the Midwest. Better than the RedWings-Blackhawks, Rangers-Flyers or Bruins-Canadiens rivalries. Better even than the Stanley Cup playoffs. That admission may sting, but its the truth. Nothing captures the American imagination quite like the spectacle of an outdoor game that recalls childhood skating on frozen ponds. The 2009 Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Blackhawks at Wrigley Field had the highest American television ratings of any hockey game in 33 years. The Rangers 3-2 victory over the Flyers on Monday at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia beat out ABC, CBS and FOX in the 18-49 category. Imagine how much better those ratings would have been had the NHL not chosen to go head-to-head with a marquee day of college football bowl games. Thats why the NHL must make its signature event a traveling show. ...

Video: Claude Giroux’s sister gets engaged on Winter Classic ice

Last year, we saw the introduction of two new traditions in the days leading up to the NHL's Winter Classic: The 24/7 series, and on-ice engagements. Granted, we didn't quite know the latter was going to become a tradition until Sunday afternoon, but clearly it has. The day before the 2011 Winter Classic, a friend of Mike Green used his connection to pop the question on the...

Claude Giroux’s Sister Engaged At Winter Classic & More Aida Yespica!

• Claude Giroux’s cute sister engaged at Winter Classic • Michigan St. alligator at football practice goes wrong • Hottest POA from Iowa City – EVER? • Dude tries to bribe cop with Dolphins-Jets tickets • In-F*cking-Sane: More Aida Yespica in Miami! • Bikini’d Jessica Alba throwing a ball at beach • Hottest Australian POA Of The Day – Jacinta • Adrian Peterson...

Philadelphia’s Read flying under radar

Claude Giroux. Jaromir Jagr. Ilya Bryzgalov. The Philadelphia Flyers have many high-profile players that litter their roster. One player that seems to have no profile, and is a bit of an unknown, is Matt Read. The 25-year-old rookie forward has put together a first half that has impressed his teammates to no end.Matt Read, who spent four seasons at Bemidji State University,...

Classic matchup: Rangers, Flyers meet in showcase

Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr hit the ice looking more ready to shag flies than practice the power play.

Caught on Cam: Winter Classic Fans Fight

A video posted to YouTube late Monday night shows the uglier side of some NHL Winter Classic fans. The video appears to be of men in Flyers jerseys and Rangers jerseys fighting outside famous South Philly cheesesteak shop Geno’s Steaks and was posted on the same day the two storied franchises faced off in the Winter Classic though it's unclear when the video was taken. WARNING...

Flyers, Rangers take their fight outside today

Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr hit the ice looking more ready to shag flies than practice the power play.

Badly Beaten Rangers Fan Turns Out To Be Cop During Winter Classic Melee

This really is the scary part about sports. Fans taking out their hatred for one anther and starting massive brawls. On Monday during the Winter Classic in Philelphia, a melee broke out between two Rangers fans and three Flyers fans right in the middle of the street between Geno’s and Pat’s Steaks. Apparently, the argument between the Rangers and Flyers fans began after one...

Rangers-Flyers Preview

Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr hit the ice looking more ready to shag flies than practice the power play. The Philadelphia Flyers stars smeared eye black to fight the glare on a sunny morning as they skated on a rink constructed on the site of two Fall Classics that underwent a makeover as it shifted into the home of the Winter Classic. Jagr later strode shirtless around the Philadelphia...

Winter Classic Preview: Rangers at Flyers

Standings: Flyers (22-10-4), Rangers (23-9-4) Leading Scorer: Claude Giroux (17-28-45) Goaltender: Sergei Bobrovsky (14 GP, 2.52 GAA, .910 SV%) Rangers Lines (probable) Artem Anisimov-Derek Stepan-Marian Gaborik Brandon Dubinsky-Brad Richards-Ryan Callahan Carl Hagelin-Brian Boyle-John Mitchell Ruslan Fedotenko-Mike Rupp-Brandon Prust Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi Michael Del Zotto-Anton...

The Five W's of the Winter Classic

What? The NHL Winter Classic is an annual event held by the National Hockey League (NHL) on or around New Year's Day in which a regular-season hockey game is played outdoors, in an area hosted by an NHL team. Who? The 2012 Winter Classic featured The Philadelphia Flyers vs. The New York Rangers, a heated and hard-hitting rivalry that stretches back to 1970s. The Rangers have...
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