Takin’ a T/O With BT: The NHL Winter Classic’s Six Degrees of Separation

January 4th, 2010 by Bryan Thiel Leave a reply »
Every year that the Winter (or Heritage) Classic has taken place, there's been an indelible memory made.

When the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens suited up for the first attempt at an outdoor game, the frigid temperatures almost froze time: The legends game before hand featured some of the brightest stars from our past, the ice became brittle and cracked, and playing it under a night sky brought memories back of skating under nothing but a porch light.

But I suppose if you're looking for that defining moment, we've always got Jose Theodore's toque.

The next time it was tried, the NHL's newest poster boy and greatest hope for the future was at the forefront in Sidney Crosby as he and the Pittsburgh Penguins took on the Buffalo Sabres. With the way the tide had turned for the NHL, Crosby's shootout winner—as he dragged the puck through the snow and slide it through Ryan Miller—seemed to define the joy that, expansion worries and financial assumptions aside, NHL fans felt that their game was back.

Last year, it was simply history as the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks donned some of the finest throwbacks we've seen ...

Read Full Article at Bleacher Report - NHL
Article written by


Comments are closed.