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NHL Scores Rave Reviews For Winter Classic At Fenway Park
Published January 4, 2010
|Sellout Crowd Of 38,112 Watches The
Bruins Beat The Flyers In Overtime Friday
INSTANT CLASSIC: In N.Y., Jeff Klein noted the atmosphere at Fenway Park "was terrific and so was the game," as a "party mood prevailed." Bruins RW Mark Recchi said of Thursday's practice, "Walking out when it was snowing was an amazing feeling" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/2). Flyers RW Ian Laperriere said, "I've never played in front of that many people in my life, and it was great to see it. It was unbelievable when they were chanting the names of the teams back and forth. It's a great experience that I'll cherish for the rest of my life" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 1/2). Bruins D Zdeno Chara: "It was incredible. It's hard to describe it. It was one of those things you'll experience just once in a lifetime" (BOSTON HERALD, 1/2). Bruins LW Shawn Thornton: "The warm-up was pretty surreal, seeing everybody there." He added of the event, "I hope it builds the brand, obviously. The NHL has done a great job marketing it, (putting it) on NBC, and hopefully a lot of people tuned in" (ESPNBOSTON.com, 1/1). YAHOO SPORTS' Ross McKeon wrote under the header, "Winter Classic Keeps Getting Better." Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said, "It was just an unbelievable experience to be a part of it -- for our organization, for our players, for the fans. It was a great day for hockey" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/1). Boston Mayor Thomas Menino: "It's been a very special week in the city. This game brought a lot of energy with it. ... I told the commissioner, I want this back next year. I love this" (BOSTON HERALD, 1/2). YAHOO SPORTS' Ryan Lambert presents a photo essay of the Winter Classic (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 1/2).
(l to r) Comcast-Spectacor's Peter Luukko,
NHL's Jamey Horan and John Collins, and
Flyers' Paul Holmgren At Winter Classic
I AM LEGEND: In Boston, Eric Moskowitz reported Saturday's AT&T Legends Classic hockey game at Fenway Park drew 33,000 fans, a "record crowd for a charity sporting event in Boston." Actor Kiefer Sutherland, who played in the game, said, "How cool was it that they all showed up? I mean, I don't know how many people can actually say they skated in front of 33,000 people." The event, which also included Bruins Exec VP Charlie Jacobs and Red Sox Chair Tom Werner, "raised $200,000 apiece for the Bruins and Red Sox charitable foundations and a third charity, Hockey Fights Cancer" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/3). Bruins VP and Hockey HOFer Cam Neely said of playing in Saturday's game, "I could not believe the support that these people showed" (BOSTON HERALD, 1/3).