Teams For 2012 Winter Classic Announced

By: Mike Vukovcan

PITTSBURGH (KDKA)- The Pittsburgh Penguins won’t be playing in the 2012 Winter Classic but a team from Pennsylvania will be hosting it.

Sources say the NHL will announce that the 2012 Winter Classic will have the N.Y. Rangers taking on the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

The game will take place on Jan. 2, a day after the game is normally played.

The game is being pushed back because the Philadelphia Eagles host the Washington Redskins on Jan. 1 and the NHL doesn’t want to go up against the NFL.

This will mark the second time in three years the Flyers are playing in the Winter Classic. They lost at Boston’s Fenway Park in 2010 to the Bruins.

This will be the fifth Winter Classic for the NHL and second in succession in Pennsylvania.

For Penguin fans, the 2011 Winter Classic will always be remembered for when captain Sidney Crosby suffered his first concussion on that questionable hit from David Steckel, formerly of the Washington Capitals.

  • I love this city

    As a Penguin fan I will remember the 2011 Winter Classic as a great revenue maker for the city and league. Crosby’s concussion is an after thought.

  • js

    i it possible to constuct an ice rink in 1 day???

  • duh

    wow js…guess you don’t know anything about sports. Eagles play at Lincoln Financial Field while the Phillies play at Citzens Bank Park.

  • Irish Eyes

    Crosby’s concussion is the first thought that I have when I think of the Winter Classic. I will always equate the Pittsburgh Winter Classic to the day that one of hockey’s greats was taken out (by Steckel). How sad that he still isn’t able to particpiate.

  • js

    not sure what I was thinking… i’ll chalk it up to being Friday, andI’ve been sititing at my desk since 9 watching the clock move ever so slowly to 5pm.

  • js

    playing pac man/solitaire/internet checkers for 5 hours can mess up your mind.

  • Nick Manning

    Flyers again in Classic will def not watch hate both those teams

  • Brad Lodovico

    I guess the Pens haters can’t cry anymore about only the Pens getting the winter classic twice.

  • Tbagg

    Since Philly is playing this year, do you think Lindros will get another concussion?

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