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NEW YORK (November 17, 2011) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced that beginning today, fans can sign up on to enter a general public, random drawing for an opportunity to purchase two of the limited number of tickets remaining to the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® – the outdoor NHL regular-season game between the Philadelphia Flyers® and the New York Rangers® at 1 p.m. ET on Monday, January 2, 2012 at Citizens Bank Park™, home of the Philadelphia Phillies®.  The game will be broadcast on NBC in the U.S. and on CBC and RDS in Canada.

Fans seeking a chance to win an opportunity to buy tickets to the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic can go to for Official Rules, complete details and to sign up for entry.

Registration for the general public, random ticket drawing will begin on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at Noon ET and will run through Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 11:59 a.m. ET.  Registrations received after the deadline will not be accepted.  There is no fee to register.  Open only to legal U.S. residents age 18 or older.  Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Limit one entry per person or household.  Registrants selected in the drawing will be notified no later than Thursday, December 1, 2011 of their opportunity to purchase one pair of tickets (seated together) subject to seats available at time of purchase transaction.

The 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® continues the tradition the NHL has established of hosting a regular-season game outdoors at the onset of the new year to celebrate the origin and traditions of hockey.  The 43,500-seat ballpark in Philadelphia will be the setting for the fifth-ever Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, which will feature several of the biggest names in hockey.  The Flyers boast an All-Star roster that includes two Hart Trophy winners – Chris Pronger and Jaromir Jagr – and key members of the team that won the 2010 Eastern Conference championship, including Danny Briere, Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.  The Rangers counter with NHL All-Stars of their own in goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, forward Marian Gaborik and 2004 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Brad Richards.  Division rivals since the 1974–75 season, the Rangers and Flyers become the closest geographic rivals to compete in the event.

For the second consecutive year, the NHL will partner with HBO Sports and its groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise.  The four-episode, all-access series will again provide viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at both teams, along with in-depth interviews of players, coaches and front-office personnel as the teams compete during the NHL regular-season.  The premiere episode debuts in prime time, Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 10 p.m. ET, with new episodes debuting each successive Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET. and NHL Network will deliver to fans comprehensive coverage of both teams as the event approaches.  Additionally, through the type of access only the NHL can provide, fans will see all the information, stories, exclusive reporting and video they need to prepare for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.  Fans will be able to go beyond the game with retrospectives of the four previous Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic events on a dedicated Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic video channel, along with blogs, facts, figures and more.

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  1. Noah-aal-olski-upp, 28 on

    Seriously…with the amount of money they make on the event, you’d think they’d do a sweepstakes for a free giveaway.

    That said, I’d still rather have a chance to buy at face value than the values shown on StubHub and the like. Beyond absurd.

  2. Wicky© IWTRTWAC!! on

    I would be quite surprised if he played this season.

    Good thing for us stralman has plenty of time to learn the system!!

  3. Tony is dating Manny now? This place is getting better and better…

    I agree on Staal. It doesn’t sound like he’ll be here any time soon. Well, he isn’t on LTIR, so it sounds like they simply do not know.

  4. It’s also pretty quiet around here…like August.

    Hey – Tony is a good looking guy with a career and he’s a non-smoker! What more could I want in life?

  5. Sure…

    Hey Tony can you ask CT how his little on is doing and then get back to me with the answer please?

    K? Thanks

  6. LOL, I still have no idea how we survived August…..

    Wicky- I saw your snarky “spring chicken” remark on last thread. I have a full intention to make you pay :-)

  7. ilb – tell Manny that he asked Tony to ask CT how his little one was doing rather than asking Tony how CT’s little one was doing, which I’d what I asked you to ask him to do.


  8. NYR_FAN "Step-on the GAS!" on

    As much as I’d love to freeze my aasen off, surrounded by drunken (belligerent & Filthy) fans at Citizen’s Bank Park for $500, I think I’ll pass…

  9. Carp, thanks for the picture that’s frome when I started watching the Ramgers fulltime.
    I don’t remember the glass being that low. It must have been as scary as you said sitting in the press area. I saw a clip of Eddie Izzard called Thanksgiving which was funny but I went to Wikipedia to find out more about him. It was interesting but I found a wild fact

    MarathonsOn 27 July 2009, with only 5 weeks’ training and no significant prior history of running, Izzard began seven weeks of back-to-back marathon runs (with Sundays off) across the UK to raise money for Sport Relief. He ran from London to Cardiff, to Belfast, to Edinburgh, and back to London carrying flags of England, Scotland or Wales depending on which country he was in, and carried a self-designed green flag bearing a white dove when in Northern Ireland. The blog Eddie Iz Running was a document of his road running marathon, in which he ran 43 marathons in 51 days. He completed the run on 15 September 2009, after having run at least 27 miles each day, 6 days a week for 7 weeks straight, covering more than 1,100 miles across the UK.[37] Izzard received a special award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2009 for his achievements.[38]


  10. Atta boy, Seven.

    You going to change to Eight with a win on Saturday?

    Or go back to Tony with a loss?

    Or try Breakaway Contest if they decide to have one of those useless, silly, contrived breakaway contests after the hockey game ends?

    I personally wouldn’t pay 20 Cent to sit in that weather with those fans in that ballpark.

  11. If they don’t grease the light poles then you can just climb one, Carp. Saves the trouble of being near the fans and you can see great I hear.

  12. Steve, as has been pointed out on the previous thread, the glass does go above the stantions if you look closely. but the glass was still lower than it is today. and of course no nets.

  13. So Heidi Watney (the Red Sox “fan” reporter” left the Red Sox to pursue a job with the LA Lakers.

    This means that Heidi chose to leave the Red Sox to work for an organization that is on strike and for an organization that is currently being disbanded. How bad are things in boston? Tiki?

  14. Why on earth would anyone expect Tortorella to bring Stralman in during a winning streak especially when Woywitka and Eminger have contributed to the cause.

    When Stralman does enter the lineup down the road, i would have Eminger sit instead of Woywitka. I think he’s been the better of the two plus Stralman is a RH shot…

  15. I just added my friend’s wedding to my calendar in May of 2012 and I noticed that I have marked May 9, 2012 “Official VinceA Day.” Anybody know why?

  16. >>NHL has a lot to learn about promotions – jeez, give away some tickets.

    Why would they give away tickets for an event that’s going to sell out? What more promotions does the league need? Everyone in the hockey community already knows of Winter Classic.

  17. So I have been really into the Wu-Name generator. Here are some great Ranger names:

    Wojtek Wolski: Violent Toilet Thing (oddly Sean Avery got this one also – I have never seen that happen)
    Dan Girardi: Tha Eurythmic King of Nowhere
    Henrik Lundqvist: Asthmatic Enemy of God

    Feel free to Wu-yourself:

  18. maybe it was this, Manny:

    VinceA … Submitted on 2011/05/09 at 9:29 am

    I wish the Rangers would only sign and draft Americans and Canadian kids.The work ethic of most europeans sucks and they are usually Pansies on the ice.I’ll take north Americans any day,I wish so would Sather !No one else will even speak to sather, Why should anyone talk to him he is an arrogant ass.Maybe Maloney likes him or something?

  19. Yea JBytes – and that attitude is the reason that the NHL will gain NOTHING from the NBA being disbanded.

  20. Is that really it, NYR? It feels like it wasn’t that long ago that I was reading about “europansies” for the first time!

  21. JBytes, with no basketball this year the NHL should be promoting the hell out of our sport.
    A few free give-a-ways for a sold out event can’t hurt.
    The time in *NOW* to showcase hockey & get more fans – lots more fans.

  22. Ol` Mucky Terrahawk (Morg) on

    Yes!A Brother!
    sucked only having a sister for all 26 years of my life,

  23. Ol` Mucky Terrahawk (Morg) on

    wanna build a fort?

    play hotwheels?

    oh so many things i wanted to do,but no,always “here Morgy wear this dress and these saddle shoes”

    and my parents wondered why i became such a “unique” child

  24. Half-Cut Skeleton? Whatzerman in Holy Hell does that mean? How did I get that name? Somebody explain?

    Forgot to mention earlier, the two-time defending and future Super Bowl champions play tonight.

  25. Manny a/k/a Homicidal Terrahawk on

    Well friends I am off to Carnegie Hall to hob-nob with socialites and see Renee Flemming and Alex Baldwin do a rendition of AR Guerney’s Love Letters. Top Notch!

  26. Ha-ha-ha! My Wu-Name came up as a *Promiscuous Protestah.* …and advise: Use it wise, soldier. Some one interpret, please. LOL

  27. I got different result for Carp name, using his real name – *Bilious Bad Janitah*. Hope he likes it better. lol.

  28. Orr – I’m assuming that means exercise like riding a stationary bike to see how his head responds to an accelerated heart rate. But in any event, it’s better news than hearing the doc in Boston said another 30 days of no activity.

  29. I have never had a concussion or anything close. Will somebody tell me what it’s like. I have heard of headaches and being uncomfortable and dizziness but can anyone compare it to anything that will make more sense to me.

  30. Wait! DiPietro’s in the game now – Nabokov is injured – Habs score 2 quick goals, Fishies still lead 4-2, end of the 2nd…

  31. I don’t know why people feel compelled to promote other blogs here. Maybe I’m old school in a Beetle Bailey sort of way, but I find it rude to the host. This is Carp’s home…we are all guests in that home. Please act accordingly.

    Toll Bros. Bob

  32. I think team docs have finally realized you can’t let these concussed players come back only to get hit and then sit a year or more…they are allowing much more healing time. They should sit Stall for all of this year for the sake of the kid in a Wu Tang Clan sort of way.

    Ol Dirty Bob

  33. It’s difficult to watch this Fishsticks-Habs game… I hate the Islanders, so I want them to lose, but if Montreal loses, you know for sure that they’re going to kick our Mats Zuccarellos on Saturday night.

  34. This place is a morgue tonight…..everybody must be watching the Jets or some other hockey games…

  35. Tampa Bay color dude is right.. that should have been a spearing penalty on Neal. Figures that Pittsburgh gets away with it.

  36. My browser keeps going “off into the weeds” when I refresh, refresh, refresh…… is looking for Lord knows what, but it doesn’t stop where the last posting shows up……

  37. Slow night on the Blog…

    Great night in ESPN fantasy for me! 28 goalie points and 35 for skaters!! And I have Thornton and Datsyuk going against each other now!


  38. I was disappointed to hear that “Jagr left Thursday’s game with a lower body injury” and didn’t return. I certainly hope its nothing too serious. I really want to see him in the Classic. Also, not good for my fantasy team….

  39. It was actually his 1st NHL shutout! my bad…

    “earned his first ever NHL shutout, a 1–0 home effort against the New York Rangers, with Marc Savard scoring the only Bruins goal.” It was his 5th NHL game…

  40. >>…with no basketball this year the NHL should be promoting the hell out of our sport.

    Basketball fans who are interested in hockey are already watching it. The rest is watching replays of matches on the NBA channel. The NHL would probably gain more fans promoting the game during soccer matches. That’s a more receptive audience than that of basketball.

  41. I’m having a horrific night. Scriven’s in net for the Leafs, gets me 10 points. Then Khabibulan gives up three, and is pulled after the first, scoring me a whoping 0.7 points.

    The Bulan wall is coming down. Oilers are starting to look like how they’re supposed to look. I shouldn’t have given up on Halak! Dammit!

  42. >>…and that attitude is the reason that the NHL will gain NOTHING from the NBA being disbanded.

    How many hardcore hockey fans do you think started throwing their sports dollars at the NBA during the last NHL lockout?

  43. Sorry, Carp. I should clarify for those unfamiliar with the cap.

    ilb can put it much more eloquently than I can but I mean LTIR not IR.

    The difference with LTIR is that the team is allowed without penalty to go over the salary cap by the amount of the injured players salary.

  44. Wicky© IWTRTWAC!! on

    What in holy hell?

    Someone please enlighten me on teh wu names? And where the hell did this come from?

    I waited at home for the payback on the snarky, You never showed up!

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