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Report: No official Winter Classic announcement coming this week

Sep 13, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

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We know that on January 2, 2012 there’s going to be the Winter Classic in Philadelphia between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. The game is listed as a Monday afternoon game on the NHL schedule. Flyers fans have even been sent their season tickets containing the ducats that will get them into Citizens Bank Park that afternoon but the NHL still has yet to make the game official with a press conference to announce the teams and date.

Is there an issue that’s holding up the game from being made official? Not exactly.’s Tim Panaccio finds out that while the game is going to happen and the Philadelphia Phillies are out of town this week, we’re not likely going to see an official announcement anytime soon.

According to a source involved in the negotiations, no announcement is anticipated this week, after all.

Other sources told that the Flyers had anticipated an announcement two weeks ago, saying that terms and conditions between the NHL and the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park were completed. Never happened.

All right, so what gives here? The 2012 Winter Classic is perhaps the world’s worst kept secret. After all, we’ve had other reports come out since the playoffs were going on back in May and now it’s September, less than four months from the game, and there hasn’t been anything official from the NHL. At this point it’s just funny. We all know when the game is going to be, we know where it’s going to be played and even sillier still, the past games have all been taken care of by this point of the offseason.

The announcement for the 2011 Winter Classic in Pittsburgh happened in late July 2010. The same mid-summer press conference happened for the announcement of the 2010 Winter Classic in Fenway Park back in 2009. Perhaps things in dealing with the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers helped keep the NHL too busy to take care of making their single biggest TV event outside of the Stanley Cup finals from being made official. Who knows?

All we know here is that we know everything going on with the event itself. It’s up to the league to get it together and just gather everyone around to make it all completely official.

  1. disp350 - Sep 13, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    One major correction: Flyers fans HAVE NOT been sent their season tickets containing the ducats that will get them into Citizens Bank Park that afternoon. What we have been told is that the Winter Classic tickets are NOT part of our season ticket package. We have been told we will have an opportunity to purchase as many tickets as we have season tickets. And they still charged us for 44 games. The Phila Daily News wrote that the Flyers said the league controlled all the tickets. This is a Flyers home game, not an All Star game and its a load of crap what the Flyers are letting the league do (if its true), After the brutal price increase this year, the least the Flyers could do would be to take their allotment (which they admit will be at least enough for season tickets holders and almost certainly more) and provide them to us gratis. They have not even explained how they are going to credit us for the one game they owe us.

    • phillykidd - Sep 13, 2011 at 1:42 PM

      We will get a refund for the Winter Classic game 44th game which you mentioned about. You will be able to apply the refund to 2011-2012 playoff tickets, 2012-2013 season or get a check mailed if you don’t get playoff tics or renew. Details to follow…although that is the bull s*/t part of it. It is an NHL game and not a traditional home game but that is the way the Winter Classic games always are…

  2. zidanevalor - Sep 13, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Why is the Winter Classic on that Monday afternoon? Aren’t most people going to be working at that time?

  3. hanktheking - Sep 13, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    The worst part, if your a flyers fan? The rangers are going to kill them.

  4. brucewaynewins - Sep 15, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Call me crazy but maybe with NBC wanting synergy within their sports networks and coverage maybe they are planning to announce the game during half time of a Notre Dame game?

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