PHILADELPHIA – The first Winter Classic was the first. It wasn't the first outdoor NHL game, but it was the first intended to showcase hockey to a large American TV audience. Snow fell. Sidney Crosby scored the shootout winner. What started out as a curiosity ended up picture-postcard perfect.
The next two were at iconic American venues: Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. It was intriguing enough just to see ice rinks in those particular baseball stadiums – new, fresh twists on old, familiar settings.
The last one was marketed as a matchup of the two faces of the league – Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin – and hyped by a first-of-its-kind, behind-the-scenes HBO miniseries that gave fans a "24/7" perspective they had never had before.
This one ... well, if you don't live in New York or Philadelphia, if you don't root for the Rangers or Flyers, it might feel like just another one. It isn't as much of a novelty, the second game with an HBO show, the fifth Winter Classic, the latest of a lineup ofRead More »from The buzz remains around the NHL Winter Classic