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Classic save

In a decade marked by dreary Stanley Cup finals series, boring hockey and a season-wrecking lockout, a snowy day in Orchard Park may have marked a turning point for the NHL. So says this New York Times article, which several of you graciously sent to my attention.

The Sabres-Penguins game of Jan. 1, 2008 certainly seems like it will go down in history as a watershed moment for the league. The Winter Classic has quickly become part of the annual landscape of the league, with this year's game at Fenway Park between the Flyers and Bruins getting huge hype and many teams pining to be a future host of an event that has dwarfed the All-Star Game in media coverage.

Wrote author Jeff Z. Klein, "... if hockey fans 10 years from now are following an N.H.L. that is healthy and prosperous, they can look back at that snowy afternoon outside Buffalo as the day the league saved itself."

Cool stuff. And thanks to Syracuse Post-Standard assistant news editor Larry Dietrich for pointing out that Klein is one of his fellow mates from Sweet Home High, Class of '74. Small world. What am I? Sweet Home, Class of '83.

---Mike Harrington



NHL | Sabres | TV/Radio/Media | Winter Classic
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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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