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Game day with Don Renzulli

The NHL transformed historic Fenway Park into a hockey rink on New Year’s Day for a Winter Classic game between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers. The massive undertaking was managed by NHL Senior Vice President of Events Don Renzulli, who gave us a behind-the-scenes look at his 12-hour blur of a day, which started at 6 a.m. and only saw him sit down once.

Text by Tripp Mickle
Photos by Stuart Garfield (14) and Tripp Mickle (8)

6:15AM Renzulli arrives at the rink/ballpark for a stadium walk-through.

6:38AM Does an interview with a local NBC affiliate that is broadcasting live.

7:00AM Leads an all-staff meeting.

9:54AM Begins his last walk-through of the ballpark with Boston Red Sox Executive Vice President of Business Affairs Jonathan Gilula.

11:07AM Opens the Yawkey Way concourse and radios to his staff, “All of your problems are going to come now.”

12:27PM Meets with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who asks if there are any last-minute issues he needs to be aware of before the game.

12:36PM Escorts a spectator off the field after finding him near the Green Monster without field credentials.

12:39PM Talks to security about double-checking for credentials of people trying to walk on the field.

1:06PM Observes the pregame ceremony from a stage adjacent to the rink, and monitors the production to make sure the event is still on schedule.

1:34PM Listens to NHL VP of Events Dean Matsuzaki after ducking into the visitors dugout along the third-base line for the National Anthem.

1:47PM Talks with Mark Cacciatore of Red Sox security.

2:42PM Takes a break for pizza.

3:22PM Gilula stops by during the third period to check on things.

3:58PM Supervises the ice team’s effort to replace a shattered piece of glass behind the goal.

4:09PM Directs a Honda Crosstour onto the ice after the game for a postgame promotion.

4:27PM Gets a congratulatory hug from NHL Executive Vice President Brian Jennings
after the game.

4:54PM Joins his NHL events team for a group photo.

5:43PM After a 12-hour day, Renzulli enjoys a postgame beer.

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