August 25, 2011
As we mentioned on Wednesday, the official announcement of the 2012 Winter Classic between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers at Citizens Bank Park continues to be delayed as the NHL and the home of the Phillies finalize details.
Which means that the Flyers and chairman Ed Snider are donating tickets to a game that technically hasn't been made official yet — and, in the process, confirming a few more details about it.
This is an auction item for the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation's 2011 Philadelphia Flyers Celebrity Golf Invitational, scheduled for Sept. 13 at Trump National Golf Club - Philadelphia located in Pine Hill, NJ.
(Said Trump: "It's the best golf course that's ever been grounds-kept in the history of golf, grounds-keeping and grass!" Or so we assume.)
That the Winter Classic will be held on Jan. 2 is common knowledge, verified by the NHL's regular-season schedule release last week. But this auction item confirms something that had been suspected when the AHL schedule was released: That the Jan. 6 game between the Adirondack Phantoms and the Hershey Bears will also be played outdoors.
The auction also indicates we'll get an NHL alumni game on New Year's Eve, as we've had in previous Winter Classics.
The Pittsburgh Penguins' game against the Washington Capitals was held at 11:30 a.m. on a Friday morning; since New Years Eve falls on a Saturday this year, will the Flyers vs. Rangers alumni game be given a bit more prominence, like the Calgary Flames' game against the Montreal Canadiens during the Heritage Classic last season?
Alumni exhibition games aren't usually the stuff of controversy, but here's a contentious loose end for the Flyers and their alumni roster: Should Eric Lindros be invited to the alumni game and reform the Legion of Doom? Chuck Gormley thinks he should.
UPDATE: The Puck Daddy effect strikes again, as the auction now says "COMING SOON" where the Winter Classic package was located.
s/t to PD reader Jason Mahoney for the charity link.