Greg Wyshynski

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Greg Wyshynski is the editor of Puck Daddy. A former managing sports editor for The Connection Newspapers, he's written for Deadspin, AOL Sports and is the author of "Glow Pucks & 10-Cent Beer: The 101 Worst Ideas in Sports History." Born and bred in New Jersey, living in Northern Virginia. Did we mention he likes booze?

  • Niklas Hjalmarsson says not delaying Winter Classic was ‘dangerous’

    WASHINGTON — The talk on New Year’s Eve, and the eve of the Winter Classic, was that the NHL's outdoor game was likely to be delayed from its 1 p.m. start time due to glare off the ice from the sun. 

    The reason, according to the NHL? Player safety issues, as it was difficult to pick up the puck with their eyes due to that glare.

    It was somewhat surprising, then, when the game wasn’t delayed and the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks started play with three quarters of the rink bathed in sunlight.

    Was it safe?

    “It was pretty tough, to be honest with you. Not the best for us to play in that kind of weather,” said Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, whose team lost 3-2 to the Capitals on a goal scored with 13 seconds remaining.

    “It was tough to see the puck. It was kind of dangerous.”

    The players helped make the call on whether or not to start the game on time. A few of his team leaders and their counterparts on the Capitals gave the go-ahead after the pregame skate to start

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  • Michael Del Zotto tweets disgusting injury to welcome 2015 (Photo)

    Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto, front, falls to the ice after being checked during a rush to the net for a shot by Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, right, as goalie Semyon Varlamov, of Russia, looks on in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto, front, falls to the ice after being checked during a rush to the net for a shot by Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, right, as goalie Semyon Varlamov, of Russia, looks on in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto had a close shave against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. 

    Del Zotto was on his first shift of the game – in his first game after nine healthy scratches, no less – when former Flyer Danny Briere attempted to step over him after Del Zotto fell in the corner.

    He felt Briere’s skate blade hit his neck.

    Luckily, Del Zotto wasn’t seriously injured, as he told CSN Philly:

    “I’ve taken a few skates before so I know the feeling,” Del Zotto said. “I felt it, saw the blood and skated off.

    “I put my glove there and saw the blood. I had one once on my side for 50 stitches. It sounds weird to say, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary I guess for me. I’m pretty fortunate it wasn’t worse than it was. It’s frustrating that happening after being out nine games and have that happen on the first shift.”

    This one only took 20 stitches.

    Curious what a 20-stitch throat slash looks like?

    Are you sure?

    Because Del Zotto tweeted out an Instagram of

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  • Puck Daddy's Winter Classic 2015 Live Chat!

    It's the Chicago Blackhawks at the Washington Capitals in the 2015 NHL Winter Classic! 

    Join your friends at Yahoo Sports -- including Nick Cotsonika, Sean Leahy and Greg Wyshynski at Nationals Park -- for a day-long chat for this outdoor hockey tradition! We'll start chatting when they start playing. 

    Enjoy the Classic everyone, and please don't leave to watch the Rose Bowl. It can wait. 

  • Gallery: The chaos of the Winter Classic 2015 fan fest

    WASHINGTON, DC -- Having covered a few Winter Classics and outdoor games, I can say without a doubt that I've never seen the area outside of a stadium as packed as it was before the Washington Capitals' game vs. the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Not even last January at the Big House. Here are a few images from the Fan Fest, including some booth action and some rather questionable fashion choices.

    A Sidney Crosby jersey? Really, dude?

    The Spectator Plaza presented by GEICO, was a free fan festival that was held outside of Nationals Park in conjunction with the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
     
    From 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET on game day, the Fairgrounds – an outdoor multipurpose event space across the street from Nationals Park – will transform into a hockey and entertainment festival for fans of all ages with live musical performances.

    There were also interactive hockey-themed attractions, prizes and giveaways; food and beverages; and retail tents with an extensive selection of

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  • Forget about trying to find 2015 Winter Classic tickets

    WASHINGTON, DC – Head out of the Metro station for any Washington Capitals game at Verizon Center, and you’ll find dozens of scalpers offering up tickets to that evening’s game. 

    There are scalpers here at D.C.’s Winter Classic too; except they’re hoping to buy, not sell.

    On New Year’s Day at Nationals Park, Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks fans have purchased their tickets and they’re not giving them up. Scalpers around the park were in need of tickets to resell.

    As of 11 a.m., two hours before the scheduled puck drop, there were no tickets available to the game via SeatGeek.com, which is a ticket search engine.

    At the same time, there were just 73 tickets remaining on StubHub.com. The highest priced seats were $1,200 per ticket for a field box.

    Because of the stadium’s capacity – around 42,000 fans – the demand for tickets has been at record highs in the weeks leading up to the game. From TiqIQ, the prices on the secondary market for tickets are higher than any of the four

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  • Who isn’t sick of the Winter Classic? Capitals, Blackhawks aren't

    WASHINGTON, DC – Karl Alzner has dressing room envy. 

    “This is the nicest thing I’ve ever seen.”

    The Washington Capitals defenseman sat in his stall inside the Washington Nationals’ cavernous dressing room at Nationals Park, hockey gear on the floor where cleats and gloves would normally be found.

    “I had been here before, but I had only gone as far as Drew Storen a.k.a. Nate Schmidt’s locker,” he said, motioning to Schmidt, his teammate, a few stalls down. “Now that I’ve seen it all ... I told my trainers that if they need any ideas for our room, they should take some pictures.”

    This is the part of the NHL player experience at the Winter Classic and other NHL outdoor games that doesn’t always resonate with critics of the gimmick. We assume teams like the Chicago Blackhawks, competing in their second straight outdoor game and third overall since the Classics began in 2008, might have some participation fatigue. We assume that the Capitals, riding a month-long hot streak, might not want

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  • Winter Classic’s newest gimmick is going to look awesome

    WASHINGTON, DC – After drawing over 104,000 fans to the Winter Classic at the University of Michigan this year, the annual NHL outdoor game’s organizers knew they had a challenge ahead of them for Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. 

    “Coming off last year, what can we do? We have to start to change,” said Don Renzulli, the NHL’s vice president of events.

    The biggest change for the Winter Classic’s aesthetics, and perhaps the coolest thing planned for the Jan. 1 game? How the players will arrive at the rink.

    Renzulli’s team joined IMG, the event organizers, and Populous, the League’s architectural firm, to put their heads together on the event's new gimmicks. They decided the best innovation was to use Washington’s iconography on the field and around the rink.

    “Their idea was to use the Capitol, the reflecting pool and the Lincoln Memorial,” he said.

    So a large replica of the U.S. Capitol was reconstructed in what would be center field for the Washington Nationals. Extending out from

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  • Blackhawks honor late equipment manager with Winter Classic locker

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    WASHINGTON, DC – As you enter the Chicago Blackhawks’ dressing room at Nationals Park, the first locker stall is unoccupied.

    In body, if not in spirit. 

    The stall belongs to Clint Reif, the team’s assistant equipment manager who died on Dec. 21. A Blackhawks Winter Classic jersey hangs under his nameplate, a solemn reminder that his passing continues to reverberate for this tightknit team. 

    The tribute was something the Blackhawks wanted to do for the Classic in Washington; according to the team, Reif doesn’t have a dedicated stall in Chicago’s home locker room.

    “He passed away but it’s not like we’re going to forget about him in this locker room. If we can do something little like create a stall in his name or put a ‘CR’ on his helmet, it goes a long way in his remembrance,” said winger Patrick Kane. 

    The Blackhawks wear ‘CR’ stickers on their helmets. So will the Washington Capitals during the Jan. 1 Winter Classic, in a tribute arranged by their coach Barry Trotz and Blackhawks

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  • Winter cool? Players allowed to wear sunglasses for NHL Classic

    WASHINGTON, DC – His teammates squinted their eyes trying to follow the puck at Winter Classic practice at Nationals Park, smearing eye-black on like children dressed up as baseball players on Halloween. 

    Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner? He rocked a pair of Oakleys, and the glare from the ice was a non-issue.

    “No complaints. They were awesome. Did the trick,” said Alzner, after the New Year's Eve skate. 

    The Capitals were given sunglasses by their training staff. Alzner, who planned on wearing his own sunglasses on the ice at Nationals Park, switched to the team-provided Oakleys.

    “It was a sharp look. I think it actually helped. Looking at him, he appeared to be in cruise control,” teammate Joel Ward said, laughing. “I don’t know if he’d be allowed to wear that tomorrow. Can he?”

    The answer from NHL hockey operations: Yes, he can.

    So can any player in the Winter Classic. There’s no rule that says the players can’t wear glasses during a game, either in an arena or a baseball

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  • Delayed Winter Classic start would mean Rose Bowl competition

    WASHINGTON, DC – By 2:30 p.m. on a winter’s day at Nationals Park, the sun’s light is obstructed by the baseball stadium’s upper deck. Shadows cover most of the hockey rink built in the middle of the field. 

    They’re ideal conditions for an outdoor NHL game.

    Trouble is that the 2015 Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., when glare from the ice could be an issue for the players.

    “You don’t know what the sun is in the winter time until it’s the winter time and you’re here,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

    So the NHL will poll the coaches and players after their New Year’s Eve practices to get a sense of the glare. They’ll mull things over, and then speak to the coaches again on New Year’s Day. They’ll get feedback from the NHL Players' Association and then make the call whether to delay the Winter Classic.

    “Probably not until tomorrow, right before the game,” said Daly. “Any delay, and hopefully there won’t be one,

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