NHL Winter Classic: A Personal Diary, Alumni Interview, and More

December 30th, 2009 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter

The day began with a 4:00 a.m. wake up call; or in my case, a not so gentle nudge from my fiance.

Given the current security restrictions at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport it was important for us to get there early so we could be frisked by the good people of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Who, to their credit, were both thorough and gentle, all at the same time.

With the plane on time and the benefit of adrenaline rolling through my blood, we boarded the plane and promptly took off en route to Boston and the Winter Classic at Fenway park.

Upon arrival, I immediately make my way to historic Fenway Park to get my media credentials. It’s an easy process: a quick check of your ID and a photo and you are on your way.

With media pass in hand, I make my way to Fenway. Security greets me; a quick look at the pass and I am on my way in. The first thing I notice is that Fenway, unlike many of the stadiums we attend these days, has a sense of history, nostalgia and, to some extent, a feel of the ghosts of past players throughout the complex.

Fenway is old, but its roots run deep, as do ...

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