Remember Buffalo When You Watch the Winter Classic

December 18th, 2009 by Chris Hoy Leave a reply »

With the NHL Winter Classic coming up, and having just finished building my own backyard rink, it’s time to air something that has been on my mind for a while.

Where will Buffalo’s place be in Winter Classic history?

Of course, the obvious answer is the location of the first installment of the annual event. But I want to look beyond that. I think that Buffalo should be viewed as the Hockeytown that started it all.

The City of Buffalo simply doesn’t get enough credit for being the great hockey city that it is. The original Winter Classic set an NHL attendance record at 71,217 for a single game.

If you click here for the highlights from the game, you’ll notice that at most times, the crowd noise is drowning out the announcers. You know, the announcers who have a direct audio feed to your TV? You could barely hear them. There is also this article from detailing just one tailgating party.

Let’s look at the TV numbers from both Classic games thus far. The 2008 Classic in Buffalo d ...

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