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An action packed weekend of NHL hockey concludes with the New York Rangers taking on the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, January 2

CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA braves Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park to bring Canadians all the action from the 5th annual Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Monday, January 2. This year's match up features two of the Eastern Conference's best with the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the New York Rangers. It all starts with a special installment of Scotiabank Hockey Tonight at 12:30 p.m. ET.

"The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic has become one of the marquee sporting events in North America," said Julie Bristow, CBC's executive director of studio and unscripted programming. "CBC is once again proud to be the Canadian broadcast partner of what is fast becoming a New Year's tradition."

Ron MacLean will host the highly anticipated showdown alongside Don Cherry.  Play-by-play man Jim Hughson and analyst Craig Simpson will try to stay warm in the outdoor broadcast booth, while Glenn Healy and Elliotte Friedman provide commentary and reports from ice level and around the stadium. 

For the first time in the history of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Canadians will be able to watch NHL legends from the Flyers and Rangers as they face off in the Molson Canadian NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game.  The Philadelphia lineup includes Bob Clarke, Eric Lindros, John LeClair, Mark Howe, Jeremy Roenick, and Reggie Leach with Pat Quinn taking the coaching reins. Mike Keenan takes his place behind the New York bench with a team featuring Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Adam Graves, Ron Duguay, Dave Maloney, and Mike Gartner. Live coverage will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET on December 31st with CSN's Jim Jackson handling play-by-play along with analysis from CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA's Kevin Weekes.

Following the Molson Canadian NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game, fans can ring in the New Year with the final broadcast of 2011 for CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA. Things get underway with Scotiabank Hockey Tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET followed by the Winnipeg Jets hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Ottawa Senators facing off against the Buffalo Sabres and the Montreal Canadiens visiting the Florida Panthers.  At 10:00 p.m. ET, the focus shifts to the west coast when the Vancouver Canucks travel to California to take on the Los Angeles Kings.

About CBC/Radio-Canada:
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada.

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December 29, 2011


2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Weekend


Saturday, December 31st        
1:00 p.m. ET Molson Canadian NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game
6:30 p.m. ET Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
7:00 p.m. ET Toronto at Winnipeg/Ottawa at Buffalo/Montreal at Florida
10:00 p.m. ET Vancouver at Los Angeles


Monday, January 2                
12:30 p.m. ET   Scotiabank Hockey Tonight
1:00 p.m. ET   2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic:  New York at Philadelphia

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