By Wyatt Earp | July 17, 2009
BOSTON – With Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima playing catch in the outfield and a bright blue summer sky hovering over Fenway Park, Boston Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward stood on the infield of the major leagues’ oldest ballpark and pretended to be miffed.
“That’s how they got me down here,” he said. “They told me I was taking batting practice.”
The NHL announced on Wednesday that the Bruins will play the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway on New Year’s Day in the annual Winter Classic, an outdoor game that has become one of the league’s signature traditions since it began in 2008. Unlike previous years, when the annual outdoor game was played at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium and Chicago’s Wrigley Field, this year’s NHL matchup will be part of a festival that will include public skating and a college hockey game. (H/T – )
Yes, it would probably be more of a rivalry if the Flyers were playing the Rangers, or the Bruins playing the Canadiens, but I still think it will be a terrific bout.
So Sully, what do you want to bet for the game?