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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

NHL Winter Classic Coverage | "Seven Days to Saturday" | Day 4, Dec. 29

Dec 29, 2010
Coverage By - Frank Murgia
Source Credits -NHL, Photos: Frank Murgia

Winter Classic Fan Festival, Warhol Exhibit, Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit

PITTSBURGH - Today is day FOUR of our "Seven Days to Saturday" 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Coverage which is being held here in Pittsburgh at Heinz Field on Saturday,  January 1, 2011 @ 1pm est.

2011 NHL Winter Classic News Coverage

Slow day today, the coverage ramps up tomorrow with a flurry of events to cover.  Below we have information on the Official Rally that will be held in Market Square Thursday at 10:30am and the Penguins Elite International Youth Tournament starting today at the Consol Energy Center.

Jan.1 Weather Report is looking better The Weather Channel now calling for 33 Degrees, Mostly Sunny and only 10% chance of Precipitation.

From PittsburghPenguins.com

Penguins, Onorato and Ravenstahl Announce Rally for NHL Winter Classic on Dec. 30 in Market Square

Lucky fan in attendance will win tickets via text message contest

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and the Pittsburgh Penguins today announced a rally in Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh beginning at 12:00 noon on Thursday, December 30, to cheer on the Pens as they prepare for the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field.

Mike Lange, Phil Bourque, and WDVE’s Val Porter will emcee the event and the Penguins will give away a pair of Winter Classic tickets to a lucky fan via a text message contest. Other fans will win overnight stays including breakfast at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa, tickets to the opening night of Mary Poppins and First Night Buttons from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, free admission to the North Park and South Park ice rinks, a Great Race gift bag, which includes a Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card and lift tickets to Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Jimmy Adler and Norm Nardini, who will be opening for Bon Jovi in February. Iceburgh and members of the Pittsburgh Penguins Ice Crew presented by Highmark will be on hand to rally the crowd, as well as cheerleaders from Pittsburgh Brashear, Gateway, and Riverview high schools and the Riverview High School Marching Band. Face painters will also be present and fans can compete in a trivia contest.

Leading up to the NHL Winter Classic, the Mayor and County Executive will declare the week of December 26, “NHL Winter Classic Week” in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County and they are encouraging fans to show their Penguins pride by donning the team’s colors on Thursday.

In addition, the County Executive and Mayor are also asking those attending the rally to bring a canned good, non-perishable food item, or cash donation for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

For more information on the rally and other events leading up to the NHL Winter Classic, visit http://www.visitpittsburgh.com/nhlwinterclassic/.


Penguins Elite International Youth Tournament Begins Wednesday at CONSOL Energy Center

Penguins Elite International Youth Tournament Begins Wednesday at CONSOL Energy Center

Friday-Saturday games to be played outdoors at Winter Classic Community Rink at Stage AE

The Pittsburgh Penguins Elite International Bantam Tournament starts Wednesday with three games at CONSOL Energy Center -- another unique event in the week-long celebration of hockey leading up to the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

The youth tournament features two Pittsburgh teams as well as teams from Sidney Crosby’s hometown (Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia) and Evgeni Malkin’s hometown (HC Metallurg from Magnitogorsk, Russia). Also competing are the Washington Little Caps and Sun County, Ontario.

Wednesday’s games will be:

1 p.m. - HC Metallurg vs. the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite-Empire.
2:30 p.m. - Sun County, Ontario vs. Pittsburgh Penguins Elite.
4 p.m. - Little Caps vs. Cole Harbour, N.S.

Admission is free, and fans may enter through the Trib Total Media gate.

The tournament moves to Harmarville Bladerunners on Thursday before shifting to the outdoor Winter Classic Community Rink at Stage AE on Friday and Saturday.

One featured game at the outdoor rink will be Cole Harbour vs. HC Metallurg at 2 p.m.  on Friday. The tournament’s championship games will be played Saturday morning at the Winter Classic Community Rink at Stage AE.


From NHL.com - View Video: Dan Craig tests out the Winter Classic ice

More Related Coverage:

* VIEW our DAY-3 Full Winter Classic  PHOTO Album
* VIEW our DAY-2 Full Winter Classic  PHOTO Album
* VIEW our DAY-1 Full Winter Classic  PHOTO Album
* VIEW our Winter Classic NEWS Page

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Photos: Public Skating, Youth Games at Winter Classic Community Rink

From PittsburghLive.com/Trib Live Sports
* Lemieux makes debut in Penguins' blue uniform (video)

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
* Penguins, Capitals prepared for anything in 'cool' event, weather or not

From NHL.com
* Winter Classic ice build going right on schedule
* Pittsburgh mayor excited about all Classic has to offer
* Weather concerns not a concern for NHL yet
* NHL Winter Classic Video Center (video reports from Heinz Field and Press Conferences)
* Under the Microscope (Crosby's Scoring Streak)
* Pens' Alumni getting ready to take the ice
* 2011 NHL Winter Classic by the Numbers

 * 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic FAQ

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