NHL Officially Announces Winter Classic, HBO to Produce Another 24/7 Road Series

The NHL announced today that the 2012 Winter Classic will be held January 2, 2012 from Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia as the Flyers play host to the New York Rangers.  The event will be carried live at 1:00p.m. ET on NBC in the US and on CBC and RDS in Canada.

“NBC Sports is proud to have partnered with the NHL to grow the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic into a New Year’s tradition and one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year,” said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group in a press release. “In addition to the intense rivalry between the Rangers and Flyers that will be played outdoors in one the nation’s most rabid sports cities, this year’s game has special meaning to us since the stature of this event makes it the perfect platform to launch the new NBC Sports Network that day.”

“CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada is excited to once again be the Canadian broadcast home of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic,” said Julie Bristow, Executive Director, Studio and Unscripted Programming, CBC Television. “This annual outdoor game has become a New Year’s tradition and a must-watch game for Canadian hockey fans, and we can’t wait to bring the nation this year’s Classic from Philadelphia.”

As an offshoot of the game, HBO will once again be producing its 24/7 Flyers/Rangers:  Road To The NHL Winter Classic series, which will take a behind-the-scenes look at the two clubs as they prepare for what is now a New Year’s hockey tradition.   The four episode reality series will premiere on HBO December 14th at 10:00p.m. ET.

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