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Flyers Reportedly Chosen To Face Bruins In '10 Winter Classic

Flyers Reportedly To Be Bruins' Opponent
For NHL Winter Classic At Fenway Park
The Flyers will be the "opponent for the Boston Bruins in the next NHL Winter Classic," which will be played at Fenway Park on January 1, according to league sources cited by Anthony Sanfilippo of the DELAWARE COUNTY TIMES. The NHL had "lobbied to pit the Washington Capitals against the Bruins in an effort to showcase" Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin and his "exciting, young team." But the Flyers were "brought back into the discussion by NBC, which will broadcast the contest." Sources said that the net told the league it "wanted the Flyers instead of the Caps in order to draw a better television audience and increase advertising revenue." The NHL "relented and agreed to have the Flyers participate, with the Caps as a possible 2011 opponent against the Rangers in a game that could be played at Yankee Stadium." The Flyers when asked by the league "indicated they would be a willing participant in the 2010 contest, but wanted the option of an outdoor game against the Pittsburgh Penguins to remain high on the league's to-do list." Sources said that the league has "agreed to that stipulation" (DELAWARE COUNTY TIMES, 6/24).'s Joe Haggerty reported the "lackluster playoff ratings for NBC" for the Capitals-Rangers Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series are "believed to at least be partly behind the network's motives" (, 6/22). NHL VP/Media Relations Frank Brown: "We'll announce the schedule on July 15 and then the mystery will be solved" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 6/24).

GOING FOR SECONDS: Boston METRO's Jeff Howe reports though final details are "still being worked out regarding the timing of the game," a second hockey game taking place at Fenway Park next year will "feature the Boston College men's hockey team." A source said that Boston Univ. is "talking with Fenway Sports Group about the possibility of playing at Fenway" (Boston METRO, 6/24). An NHL source indicated that a BC-BU game "might not be on the same day as the Bruins-Flyers tilt, but later in the season" (DELAWARE COUNTY TIMES, 6/24).

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