NHL.COM LAUNCHES 2010 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC® HUB THURSDAY
AS FLYERS AND BRUINS CLASH FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON
NEW YORK (October 22, 2009) – With the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® foes, the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers, meeting for the first time this season tonight at 7 p.m. the Wachovia Center, NHL.com will mark the occasion by launching its 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic hub.
The all-encompassing site, which debuts this afternoon, will provide NHL® fans with all the information, stories and video they need to prepare for the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at Boston’s Fenway Park. In addition to comprehensive coverage of both teams as they close in on the outdoor contest, visitors to the site will be treated to retrospectives of the two previous NHL Winter Classic games on a dedicated NHL Winter Classic video channel, blogs, facts, figures and unparalleled reporting on the construction of the rink – including the wildly-popular web cam that monitors the work of NHL Facilities Operations Manager Dan Craig and his rink crew 24 hours a day, seven days a week until puck drop.
NHL.com and all 30 NHL team sites combine to attract nearly 17 million unique visitors per month. Earlier this year, NHL.com was recognized by Fast Company Magazine as one of the 10 most-innovative companies in sports. Also, the NHL was the only sports league nominated in Website Design category for the 2009 Webby Awards.
More than 307,000 fans – nine times the capacity of Fenway Park — registered on NHL.com for the chance to purchase tickets to the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. This week, those U.S.-based fans chosen randomly and those Canadian fans who won an on-line contest began to receive notification of their eligibility to purchase tickets.
The 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will be the third of four matches between the fierce, long-time rivals this season – following Thursday’s contest, which will be broadcast in the United States on the NHL Network™, they meet in Boston’s TD Garden on Dec. 14. The teams have met 165 times in the regular season dating back to Philadelphia’s inaugural 1967-68 season, with the Bruins winning 85 times and the Flyers 59.
But it was through their four playoffs meetings in the ‘70s that the rivalry between the Big Bad Bruins and the Broad Street Bullies was forged. The Flyers defeated the Bruins in six games in the 1974 Final to capture the first Stanley Cup® in franchise history. The teams met again in the 1976, ’77 and ’78 Semifinals, with Philadelphia winning in ’76 and Boston prevailing the next two springs.
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