About 2012 Winter Classics
Some hockey purists argue that the game deserves to be played outdoors rather than in indoor rinks. The NHL listened and organized a slate of outdoor games, including the 2012 Winter Classic. An outdoor game featuring the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers, the 2012 game, took place at Citizens Bank Park, the regular home of the Philadelphia Phillies. The fifth in a series of annual events, the 2012 Winter Classic helped make the game a highlight on the NHL calendar. As befits a game of such status, special jerseys, memorabilia and other equipment is made specially for the Winter Classic. After the event, these items become highly collectible for fans of both teams and the NHL in general. Of course, it helps that the game was an instant classic, with the Rangers overcoming a 2-0 deficit late in the game. On eBay, reputable sellers offer either Ranger or Flyers Winter Classic 2012 equipment. Another popular souvenir for fans is the 2012 Winter Classic puck, which is small and compact, making for a notable showpiece on a collector's mantle.