BOSTON — The Winter Classic seems to be becoming an annual rite in the NHL. Today the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks tangled at Wrigley Field one year after Pittsburgh and Buffalo squared off at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.
For most NHL players, an outdoor game brings back memories of their youth hockey days — getting out on the ponds and public rinks as often as they could. Bruins center Marc Savard even found a way to make some money off outdoor hockey when he was around 12 or 13. (more…)