According to Larry Brooks via Twitter, the Rangers, who weren’t sold on the idea initially, have now confirmed to be involved with next season’s Winter Classic against the Philadelphia Flyers on January 2nd.
And, as with the trend started last year, the 2 teams participating in the Winter Classic will also be a part of the “24/7″ HBO coverage leading up to the iconic event.
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The New York Post has an article in today’s edition explaining the details of the 2012 Winter Classic. Click here to read it.
Here’s the full tweet from Larry Brooks:
Will be no surprise, but when NHL schedule is released, confirmed that Rangers will be in Philly for Jan. 2 Winter Classic w/ 24/7 coverage.
When I first heard the Rangers might be involved with the Winter Classic, I was immediately excited about the idea. They have a very scrappy team full of heart, and getting a chance to shed spotlight on some of the players on the team will be a real treat for viewers. Playing the Flyers in their own backyard and having a chance to take 2 points from them is always reason to watch. However, this time it will be a historic event with all eyes on both teams.
Initially, the thought was the Rangers might back out of being involved this season. With the MSG renovations keeping them on the road during the month of October at the start of next season and logging tons of miles to play an exhibition game in Sweden September 30th against Frolunda, it was certainly understood adding a Winter Classic to prepare for might be too much for the Rangers. Plus, we all know how sensitive head coach John Tortorella is with the media after a game. Imagine what 24/7 camera access to his players, his locker room etc will do to his blood pressure. Rangers brass must have realized what a cash cow they would be walking away from and erred on the side of profitability
Tortorella will certainly be an interesting sub-plot, gaining unfiltered access to the fiery coach for the first time. We’ll also get to see what Sean Avery (assuming he’s still with the team) is like with cameras constantly following him and the interactions between the diminutive forward and coach. Viewers will be looking to get a glimpse in to the camaraderie the Rangers possess with one another as well.
There’s certainly a lot to look forward to on January 2nd and a lot to be excited about.
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