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    Originally posted by NHL.com

    Pens-Caps in 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic
    Friday, 05.28.2010 / 2:10 PM / 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Capitals v. Penguins
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    CHICAGO -- Pittsburgh's Heinz Field will be the setting on New Year's Day as Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin take their rivalry outdoors at the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic where the Washington Capitals face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement Friday as preparations continued for Game 1 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS).

    The puck will drop at 1 p.m. ET for the Winter Classic, which Forbes magazine calls the best new sporting event of the last decade. NBC will provide live broadcast coverage of the game in the U.S. In Canada, CBC and RDS will televise the event live. NHL Radio and Sirius XM Radio will provide radio coverage and NHL.com will have extensive digital coverage.

    Fans can be first in line to receive the updates and alerts on ticketing, news and other information by visiting NHL.com for its continuing coverage on all things related to the 2011 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic.

    In addition to the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Bettman announced a number of other signature ventures for the 2010-11 season. The NHL’s full master schedule will be released Tuesday, June 22.

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The same story promises an outdoor regular season in Canada a bit later in the season - the NHL Heritage Classic, featuring the Canadiens vs. Flames at McMahon Stadium 2/20/11.

In addition, six teams will head over to Europe to open the season with 2-game series. The Hurricanes and Wild will play in Finland, the Bruins and Coyotes in Czech Republic and the Blue Jackets and Sharks in Sweden.

Prior to the start of the season, those same six teams will take part in exhibition games against European competition in several OTHER countries (the story mentions Ireland, Germany and Russia as historic first-time visits by the NHL).

All this should do just about nothing for the NHL, but it's fun to read about!



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I thought the Winter Classic tends to out draw the bowl games in the ratings department due to the fact they have been highly entertaining and big market or popular teams tend to play in it? I just want a vague idea how much I have to spend to get a ticket? Steelers season ticket holders are claiming they get first dips due to it being in Heinz field. That will be fun to hear on Pittsburgh sports radio in between the Ben rapist talk and the Pens blowing the series.
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The NHL's never been in Russia before? Huh. I'm slightly surprised by that, given that it's been 20+ years since the end of the Soviet Union and a goodly portion of the NHL's roster seems to be from Russia or one of the former Soviet countries.



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Personally, I would have led with the Habs-Flames game, which is now official.
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    The NHL's never been in Russia before? Huh. I'm slightly surprised by that, given that it's been 20+ years since the end of the Soviet Union and a goodly portion of the NHL's roster seems to be from Russia or one of the former Soviet countries.


Relations between the NHL and the russian league (KHL) have not been good lately.



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After having it at Wrigley and Fenway the last 2 seasons, I'm surprised the NHL is going to Heinz Field instead of at PNC Field. Doing it at PNC could allow more time for the public events that Fenway held, particularly if you have to rush to turn the field around a week later for a Steelers first round playoff game.
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I still think a Habs/Leafs outdoor game would draw huge numbers in Canada. The should seriously think about some year.



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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    The NHL's never been in Russia before? Huh. I'm slightly surprised by that, given that it's been 20+ years since the end of the Soviet Union and a goodly portion of the NHL's roster seems to be from Russia or one of the former Soviet countries.


Well, they've only been doing these European games for a handful of years now (3? 4?) and as pointed out, around that time the KHL came into being, and they're not best friends.





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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    I'm surprised the NHL is going to Heinz Field instead of at PNC Field. Doing it at PNC could allow more time for the public events that Fenway held, particularly if you have to rush to turn the field around a week later for a Steelers first round playoff game.


Heinz field holds way more people.

Also a lot of Pittsburgh fans would riot if hated, money pocketing Pirates owner Bob Nutting made a single dime off of the Penguins.



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Also add into the fact that the Pens and Pirates are having a family squabble. Apparently, Mario and a few other investors made an offer for the Pirates this year. The offer got out in the media and Nutting had one of his flunkies write an article blasting the deal. Saying the Pens who belly flopped this year should be more worried about their ship. Yeah, four consecutive playoff appearances, two of which lead to the Finals and a Cup win. Yeah, the Pens are in total disarray. The Pirates are a prime example of why the luxury tax doesn't work and probably why we will never have a salary cap.
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Yeah, I think the reason was as simple as Heinz holds more people. It really is going to be a mess. They've got pre-agreed upon amnesty that the Steelers won't be around but that field is such a mess by November that the aftermath of Winter Classic week might not be pretty for Presumptive Steelers Home Playoff Game Fingers Crossed and Roethlisberger clearing his name by playing football well.

    Originally posted by lotjx
    That will be fun to hear on Pittsburgh sports radio


Ah. Nothing is fun to hear on Pittsburgh sports radio. Nothing.
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