I rarely get to say anything nice about the NHL, but the Winter Classic has been a pretty great idea. The NHL season is so long. You need something to break it up a little bit and the All-Star game is so pointless, it’s hard to get excited.
I feel awful Doc Emrick won’t be able to call the game due to laryngitis. I’m not a huge fan of his style, but his voice does signify a big game.
Also, what’s the over/under on Chris Chelios returning to the Blackhawks? Can you imagine what a veteran like Chelios would mean to this young Blackhawks team? The prodigal son returning to his home town? More and more, Chelios seems to be leaning toward going out a Blackhawk. I hope he can play some final games for his favorite team.
Oh. And Michael DiLorenzo from the NHL has some great (and grainy) behind-the-scenes shots of the Winter Classic up on Twitter.
Oh. And Happy New Year!