We expected the official announcement of the 2012 Winter Classic between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers to come Thursday, off the heels of a Philadelphia Daily News report last week. Alas, there are still kinks to be worked out between the NHL and the Philadelphia Phillies, who operate Citizens Bank Park where the game is scheduled to be played.
So, nothing official just yet. That doesn't mean we aren't learning more and more about the NHL's fifth annual outdoor showcase with each passing day. Discovered by Puck Daddy, a Flyers charity auction has leaked some of the details of the event. The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation is auctioning off a package of tickets to the Winter Classic and all the surrounding events.
Winter Classic Spectacular - Four (4) VIP tickets (with parking) to the 2012 Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park on January 2, 2012. Package also includes 4 VIP tickets to the 2011 New Year's Eve Alumni Classic and the January 6, 2012 Phantoms game (both played outdoors at Citizens Bank Park). The lucky winner will also receive an autographed Winter Classic jersey from Danny Briere and 4 passes to participate in one of the public skating sessions on the Winter Classic ice.