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Winter Classic Review (Part III) January 9, 2012

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This is the third and final installment looking back at the Winter Classic that was.  Part I (the Flyers sweater) can be found here, and part II (the Rangers sweater) can be found here.

Citizens Bank Park is an excellent, beautiful ballpark (I mean, come on! Look at my background!). And as we found out Monday, it makes a kickass hockey venue, too.  Continuing in the festivities, the Adirondack Phantoms (the AHL affiliate of the Flyers) played the Hershey Bears at CBP in what the AHL is calling the “Outdoor Classic” Friday night, a game in which I was glad to take part in.  Take a look at a select few of my pictures and tell me that this isn’t a beautiful venue for both baseball and hockey:

Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms, January 6th, 2011. Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia.  Taken by the author.

Self-taken. All credit goes to me, Sean Maguire

Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms, January 6th, 2011. Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia. Taken by the author.

Self-taken. All credit goes to me, Sean Maguire.

Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms, January 6th, 2012. Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia. Taken by the author.

Self-taken. All credit goes to Sean Maguire

Hell of a game that was (4-3 Phantoms win in OT).  Hell of a venue, too.

An interesting note about the AHL: I found it interesting that, while the NHL uses colored jerseys at home, AHL teams wear white (or “white,” as it were) at home (or “home,” as it were).  As you may know, the NHL designated white as the home jerseys from 1970/71 through the 2002/2003 season (a reversal of precedent, actually; colored sweaters/jerseys were worn at home from ancient history to 1970), and my guess is that the AHL followed suit, but did not followup on the return to colors at home in 2002.

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