2009 Winter Classic Transformation Live

2009 Winter Classic Wrigley FieldTotal Pro Sports – An ingenious idea that was started back in 2001 when the Michigan Wolverines faced off against the Michigan State Spartans it what was labeled as the “Cold War Game“.  In that game 7 years ago, 74,554 fans attended the game which finished in a tie.

“It may not go in the record book like a national championship, but it was like a national championship environment,” Michigan coach Red Berenson said.

7 years later and 2 NHL Winter Classic games in the books, the city of Chicago will host the 3rd ever Winter Classic at Wrigley Field.  The game will face the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings. 

The hottest ticket in Chicago, crews are working frantically to finish all the construction for the game for January 1st.  Construction crews will work from December 15th-31st, having 3 days off at Christmas to change the baseball diamond into an ice rink.

So far everything seems to be going ok, except for one little accident.  The Zamboni driver forgot to check if the flatbed truck was level on the ground before driving it off the truck.  The Zamboni fell off the truck and nobody was injured.

If you are interested in watching the transformation live on web cam be sure to check out at NHL.com.

All the information below is provided by the NHL

Here’s a look at some of the interesting numbers pertaining to the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, 2009.

1 — NHL games played at Wrigley Field (as of the drop of the puck for the 2009 Winter Classic).

2 — Players in 2009 Winter Classic who played in 2008 Winter Classic (Detroit’s Ty Conklin, Chicago’s Brian Campbell).

2 — Times Detroit and Chicago have met in the Stanley Cup Final. Chicago won in 1934 and in 1961.

3 — Outdoor NHL games that Red Wings goalie Ty Conklin will have played in should he appear in the 2009 Winter Classic. Conklin played for Edmonton in the Heritage Classic in 2003 against Montreal and for Pittsburgh in the inaugural Winter Classic against Buffalo).

3 — Stanley Cups won by Chicago (1934, 1938, 1961).

4 — Current NHL goaltenders who dressed for but did not appear in previous NHL outdoor games (Jocelyn Thibault, Mathieu Garon, Stephen Valiquette, Dany Sabourin).

5 — Seconds between goals scored by Detroit’s Norm Ullman against Chicago’s Glenn Hall on April 11, 1965. That still stands as the record for the fastest two goals by one player in NHL playoffs history.

6 —
Number of sweater numbers retired by each franchise.

1 – Glenn Hall 1 – Terry Sawchuk
3 – Pierre Pilote, Keith Magnuson 7 – Ted Lindsay
9 – Bobby Hull 9 – Gordie Howe
18 – Denis Savard 10 – Alex Delvecchio
21 – Stan Mikita 12 – Sid Abel
35 – Tony Esposito 19 – Steve Yzerman
11 — Stanley Cups won by Detroit (1936, 1937, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008).

13 — Combined number of Norris Trophies won by the two franchises. Red Wings have won eight (six by Nicklas Lidstrom). Blackhawks have won five (Pierre Pilote won three).

13 — Combined number of Calder Trophies won by the two franchises. Blackhawks have won eight (Patrick Kane, in 2008, was the most recent). Red Wings have won five (Roger Crozier, in 1965, was the most recent).

15 — Combined number of Hart Trophies won by the two franchises. Red Wings have won nine (six by Gordie Howe). Blackhawks have won six (two each by Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita).

16 — Combined number of Vezina Trophies won by the two franchises. Blackhawks have won 11 (Charles Gardiner and Tony Esposito each won three). Red Wings have won five (three by Terry Sawchuk).

18 — Combined number of Ross Trophies won by the two franchises. Blackhawks have won 11 (four by Stan Mikita). Red Wings have won seven (six by Gordie Howe).

22 — Degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature of an NHL sheet of ice.

22 — Wheels on the specially-built refrigeration/construction truck that traveled from its construction site in Mobile, Ala., to Chicago — with a stop in Atlanta — to haul state-of-the-art ice-making and ice-monitoring equipment to the Winter Classic.

23 — Degrees Fahrenheit, or -5 Centigrade, the average daily temperature on New Year’s Day in Chicago over the last 30 years according to the National Weather Service. The average high is 30 F (-1 C). The average low is 15 F (-9 C).

50 — Combined number of television cameras that will be sprinkled around Wrigley Field by CBC, NBC and the NHL Network.

52 — Age at which Gordie Howe played his final NHL game, making him the oldest man to appear in a League game. Still-active Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios is the second-oldest player in NHL history — he turns 47 on Jan. 25.

53 — Length, in feet, of the world’s largest mobile rink refrigeration unit, specially built for the NHL Winter Classic.

68 — Combined number of shutouts legendary goaltender Glenn Hall recorded for the Red Wings and Blackhawks. Hall had 17 shutouts in 148 career games with Detroit and then 51 more in 618 games with Chicago.

79 — Number of current NHL players who have dressed for a “major” outdoor game — 2001 Cold War (Michigan-Michigan St.), 2003 Heritage Classic, 2006 Frozen Tundra Classic (Wisconsin-Ohio St.), 2008 Winter Classic.

112 — Feet from Wrigley Field’s home plate to the Winter Classic’s center-ice face-off dot.

288 — Miles from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit to Wrigley Field in Chicago

502 — NHL-record number of consecutive complete games played by goaltender Glenn Hall from the beginning of the 1955-56 season with Detroit through the first 12 games of the 1962-63 season with Chicago.

701 —
Regular-season meetings between the Red Wings and Blackhawks (as of Jan. 1).

1,767 — NHL games played by Gordie Howe, the most in NHL history. Detroit’s Chris Chelios had played in 1,616 NHL games — the most among active players — entering this season.

1926 —
The year of the first Blackhawks-Red Wings game (Detroit won, 1-0, on Nov. 24 at Chicago Coliseum).

1957 — The year in which CBS televised the first network hockey game in the United States. The Rangers defeated the Blackhawks, 4-1, on Jan. 5 in New York with Peter Puck making his broadcast debut.

20,000 —
Gallons of water needed to create an ice surface two-inches deep on Wrigley Field (NHL rinks normally are 1″-1.25″ thick).

41,000+ — Fans expected to attend the game.

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