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Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday Flashback: The Winter Classic

Summer gives us time to look back and reflect on the hockey season.  It gives us time to remember years gone by.  It's time to go back and remember some of the most memorable moments in team history.  We cool off with the original Winter Classic.

Outdoor games are passé these days.  It's an oversaturated market and the Penguins have now played in four (with a probable fifth on the way next year in Philly) making them rather ho-hum now.  Despite the unrivaled atmosphere at the event, it's a spectacle that's lost novelty.

In 2008, specifically on January 1st 2008, the Winter Classic hadn't had 10 years of fatigue.  Instead if had a brand new feel and spectacle.  As snow fell in Buffalo, the NHL's newest sensation was born and the Penguins were a huge part.

Since then the Penguins have played in Pittsburgh twice (though we try to forget the first one) and once in Chicago.  Back then, though, it was idyllic and near perfection.  Perhaps that's how it should have stayed but it's how we'll always remember this Winter Classic.

Join us next week for Friday Flashback. 

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