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The Flyers Want The Winter Classic Next Year

by: AnthonyP On  Friday, January 2, 2009

Winter ClassicTotal Pro Sports – After huge success with the 2009 Winter Classic in Chicago at Wrigley Field this past New Years Day, the Philadelphia Flyers have expressed their interest in hosting next years Winter Classic Game.

The Flyers are not the only team who are interested in hosting next years game.  The Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs have all submitted their requests to the league for the upcoming games.

Rumors are swirling already that the City of Boston will host the next years game at Fenway Park, the game will see the Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers battle it out on the sacred grounds of Fenway.  It would also be nice to see an out door game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens keeping the Original 6 theme would be great for hockey.

The idea of having the Outdoor game is a brilliant idea to market the NHL in the United States and bringing fans back to the hockey.  Having the game in the States again next year is the way to go.  Boston, Philadelphia or New York would all be great places for The 2010 Winter Classic.

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Philadelphia Daily News – Outside, it was another frigid and dreary day in the Windy City. Within the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, something magical was happening with the 2009 Winter Classic.

Could that same magic be brought to Penn State’s Beaver Stadium next New Year’s Day?

More than 44,000 fans bundled up to see Chicago and Detroit play a game in hockey’s purest form yesterday, while millions of onlookers gazed from their televisions. Detroit won, 6-4.

No matter the success of the first two Classics, the NHL is squeamish about approaching next year’s game. But if persistence counts for anything – as it reportedly did this year with Blackhawks president John McDonough – the Flyers may very well be a participant.

McDonough, who spent 25 years with the Chicago Cubs before jumping leagues, lobbied hard to bring the game to Wrigley.

You can bet that Comcast-Spectacor president Peter Luukko will be a bug in the ear of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman next week.

“We [the Flyers] are very interested in being a part of the Winter Classic,” Luukko said. “We have already expressed our interest to the league. It really is a unique event that we would love to be a part of.”

According to Bettman, Luukko won’t be the only representative calling. New York, Boston and Denver also have reportedly expressed interest.

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