Countdown to Classic Specials, Plus Live Broadcasts of the Legends and Phantoms Games Live Pregame and Postgame Shows for Legends and Winter Classic Games
Ticket Contest for Winter Classic Tickets and VIP Package
PHILADELPHIA(December 21 , 2011) - Comcast SportsNet, the leader in local sports coverage, today announced comprehensive coverage of the Philadelphia Flyers preparation for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, pitting the Flyers against the Rangers at Citizens Bank Park on January 2, 2012. ComcastSportsNet will air daily Countdown to a Classic reports in Ã¢â‚¬Å“SportsNiteÃ¢â‚¬Âbeginning on Sunday, December 25, plus two 30-minute specialsrecounting the history between the teams and previewing the games.
In addition to airing the Legends game, Comcast SportsNet will air live pre and postgame programs for both the Legends game and the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic game. The Comcast Network will air the Adirondack Phantoms vs. Hershey Bears from Citizens Bank Parkon Friday, January 6.
Countdown to A Classic
Beginning on Sunday,December 25, Comcast SportsNet will air daily Countdown to a Classic segments in Ã¢â‚¬Å“SportsNiteÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“DailyNews Live.Ã¢â‚¬Â These segments will feature little known Winter Classic facts, trivia, interviews with past players, ballpark preparations, etc.
Comcast SportsNet will also air two Ã¢â‚¬Å“Countdown to a ClassicÃ¢â‚¬Â half-hour specials on Sunday,December 25 at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 1 at 7 p.m. and 11:30p.m. The December 25 program will be hosted by John Boruk and Lisa Hillary, and will focus on the history and traditions surrounding this yearly outdoor game. The January 1 program, hosted by Jim Jackson and Lisa Hillary, will examine the story lines leading up to the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
The Orange Line
Comcast SportsNetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s weekly Flyers magazine show, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Orange LineÃ¢â‚¬Â will focus on the Winter Classic. On Monday, December 26 at 7 p.m. host Lisa Hillary will examine the Flyers/Rangers Rivalry as the two franchises get set to meet in the Winter Classic, plus fans will get an inside look at the making of IlyaBryzgalov's Winter Classic mask and former Flyer Jeremy Roenick talks about his return to Philadelphia for the Legends Game. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Orange LineÃ¢â‚¬Âairing on Tuesday, January 3 at 7 p.m. will recap all the events around the Winter Classic.
Behind Enemy Lines
Comcast SportsNet will go Behind Enemy Lines with the Madison Square Garden Network on SportsNite beginning on Friday, December 30and continue through Monday, January 2. Fans will hear from RangersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ insiders, beat writers, etc. to get the inside scoop on the RangersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ preparation for the game.
Legends Game Coverage
Comcast SportsNet will broadcast the Legends game on Saturday, December 31 at 1 p.m. pitting the Philadelphia Flyers alumni, including Comcast SportsNetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Rick Tocchet, plus Eric Lindros, Marc Recchi and Bernie Parent, against the New York Rangers Alumni featuring Mark Messier, Brian Leetch and John Vanbiesbrouck. Live coverage begins with Ã¢â‚¬Å“Flyers Pregame LiveÃ¢â‚¬Â at 12:30 featuring John Boruk,Lisa Hillary, Al Morganti and Bill Clement. Calling the game on Comcast SportsNet will be Flyers broadcaster Jim Jackson and NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes with Steve Coates and Al Trautwig reporting from the Flyers and RangersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ benches, respectively. Ã¢â‚¬Å“FlyersPostgame LiveÃ¢â‚¬Â will air immediately after the game.
WinterClassic Day of Game Coverage
Comcast SportsNet will air Ã¢â‚¬Å“Flyers Pregame LiveÃ¢â‚¬Â with Michael Barkann, Rick Tocchet, SteveCoates, Jackson, Boruk, Hillary, Morganti and Clement live from Citizens Bank Park beginning at Noon on Monday, January 2. NBC will carry the game live at 1 p.m.with Comcast SportsNetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“Flyers Postgame LiveÃ¢â‚¬Â airing immediately following the game. Bill Clement will host a chat on CSNPhilly.com during the Winter Classic game broadcast.
2010Winter Classic Replay
On Saturday, December 31at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, January 2 at 10 a.m., Comcast SportsNet will replay the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic featuring the Flyers vs. Bruins from Fenway Park.
The Comcast Network will air the Adirondack Phantoms vs. Hershey Bears game from Citizens Bank Park on Friday, January 6at 7 p.m. Former Phantoms radio voice Brian Smith and Philadelphia Flyer forward Ian Laperriere will call the game.
Fans can log onto www.csnphilly.com/winterclassic for analysis and predictions from Tim Panaccio, Bill Clement, Steve Coates, Jim Jackson, Sarah Baicker and others.Plus fans will hear from Flyers Alumni, get Winter Classic tailgating tips, discuss the best places to watch the game, and many other fun ideas around the Winter Classic.
Winter Classic Ticket and VIP Experience Giveaway
Fans can enter at www.facebook.com/CSNPhilly or at CSNPhilly.com(Keyword: Winter Classic) for the Ultimate 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Sweepstakes Grand Prize which includes: two (2) Tickets & VIP Fan Experience for Two (2) to the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, two (2)Tickets & VIP Fan Experience for Two (2) to the Legends Game on December 31and two (2) Tickets & VIP Fan Experience for Two (2) to Phantoms vs.Hershey on January 6. The contest ends Tuesday, December 27 at 11:59 p.m.